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Darrell Issa apologizes to Elijah Cummings

(WJLA) - It was a week filled with fireworks on the Hill.

Wednesday, there was another hearing on the IRS scandal, in which the agency targeted political groups based on key search terms.{ }

Again, former IRS official Lois Lerner pleaded the fifth. But what happened afterwards made national headlines.{ }

Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, apologized after cutting off Elijah Cummings (D-MD), a ranking member on the Committee.{ }

Issa adjourned the hearing and{ }turned off Cummings' microphone.{ }

When that happened, Cummings shouted, "If you will, sit down and allow me to ask questions.{ }I am a member of the United States Congress."{ }

That prompted the the Congressional Black Caucus to call for Issa to be removed as chairman.{ }

On the floor, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), along with CBC members, made that request: "The House of Representatives strongly condemns the offensive and disrespectful manner in which Chairman Darrell E. Issa conducted the hearing of the House Committee on Oversight{ }& Government Reform on March 5, 2014."{ }

Fudge offered a resolution, condemning Issa for his "offensive and disrespectful manner." The House voted 211-186, blocking it.{ }

In his weekly press conference, Boehner stood by Issa. When questioned by reporters, he{ }said, "Issa is the chairman, he's done an effective job as chairman, and I support him."{ }

Cummings continued to say that the minority voice in the House was silenced, but did accept Issa's apology Thursday night.

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