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Cummings lies in state as public honors his service

The flag-draped casket of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is carried by members of an honor guard up the steps of the Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Elijah E. Cummings' casket arrived at the Capitol Thursday so the late Maryland representative could lie in state, an honor given to few elected officials.

After a private ceremony for colleagues, family and friends, Cummings' casket was viewable to the public. People from as far away as Nevada and as close as his home district paid their respects.

Watch: George H.W. Bush Lies In State in the Capitol Rotunda

The late President George H.W. Bush will lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda on Monday and Tuesday before a funeral service Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral. 

“His life was a hymn of honor. His legacy is grace perfected. His memory will belong to glory,” said Speaker Paul D. Ryan at the ceremony. “God bless the 41st President of the United States.” 

House Cancels Votes for Billy Graham to Lie in Honor in Capitol Rotunda
Senate will remain in session Wednesday and Thursday

Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye lies in state on Dec. 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House is shortening its Feb. 26 work week, canceling votes that Wednesday and Thursday, for the late Rev. Billy Graham to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.

“As is traditional, votes are no longer expected in the House on Wednesday, February 28, or Thursday, March 1,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office announced. “Last votes next week will now occur during the evening hours of Tuesday, February 27.”