Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is back home in Baltimore after a 10-week stay at the hospital and an in-patient rehabilitation center for treatment and rehab on his knee.
The Maryland Democrat has not worked on Capitol Hill since last year after doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital discovered an infection in his knee on Dec. 29. After his surgery, the congressman moved to Hopkins’ in-patient rehabilitation center.
Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is “taking meetings by phone and in constant contact with Members and staff,” his office told The Washington Post in a statement Wednesday.
“He is continuing with in-home physical therapy and his doctors have assured the Congressman that they expect his full recovery. He will adhere strictly to his doctors’ direction as to when he will return to the Hill,” the statement said.
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Rep. Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia has assumed Cummings’ committee duties, though Cummings’ staff has still steamed ahead as the congressman convalesces.
It’s the second time in less than a year Cummings has missed extensive time over health concerns.
Last summer and fall he missed three months as doctors worked to repair one of his heart valves and mop up infections that resulted from the initial surgery.
When he returned to the Hill, Cummings was more motivated than ever to check President Donald Trump’s power, he told his staff.
Upon his return to Capitol Hill, he told staff that he was more motivated than ever to hold the Trump administration accountable.
“I’ve often said, don’t ask the question, ‘Why did it happen to me?’ but, ‘Why did it happen for me?’” he said at the time, the Post reported. “I am thoroughly convinced, and you will never convince me otherwise, that what I have gone through was for a purpose.”
Cummings, 67, is seeking his 13th term this November in Maryland’s 7th District.