The Missouri Republican slipped on some ice last week walking out of a Cape Girardeau, Mo., bakery and broke her left arm.
“The brownies survived perfectly; I didn’t,” Emerson says.
Now she is forced to do day-to-day tasks, such as getting dressed, with one arm. She gets her daughter and staff to help her with the things she can’t do on her own, and in some cases, she pays someone else to help.
“I can’t wash my hair,” she explains. “So it’s busted my budget because I have to go get my hair washed everyday.”
She adds that either her daughter or a staffer help her put her Member pin on each morning.
“I am the most independent person, and for me to have to ask anybody else to help me with anything is just so anathema,” she says.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.