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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.