Rep. Cummings Becoming Voice for Distressed Homeowners
June 26, 2012
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) need look only as far as his own neighborhood to see the scars of the housing crisis. While most communities in the country have felt the sting of the housing bust, Cummings' mostly African-American district was hit especially hard by the foreclosure wave. The legislator has been fighting for years to make changes to curb the foreclosure epidemic, especially in minority communities. In Washington, D.C., where he is the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Cummings has become one of the Capitol's most vocal lawmakers on the need for more government assistance to distressed homeowners. The Maryland legislator has backed efforts to investigate mortgage-related abuses by lenders, to expand foreclosure protections for U.S. servicemembers, and to make it easier for some homeowners to refinance their loans at lower interest rates. "The people that come to me, they don't want a handout, they just want to be able to get through this storm," Cummings said. "I just wish I could do more. I wish we could move even faster."
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