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Rep. Darrell Issa motions to Republican staff members to cut off the microphone of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, left, during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP-Getty Images / March 5, 2014)

By Richard Simon (This post has been updated, as indicated below.)
March 6, 2014, 6:26 p.m.

WASHINGTON – The House Republican majority shot down a Democratic effort Thursday to condemn Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House oversight committee, for the “disrespectful manner” in which he adjourned a hearing as the panel’s top Democrat was speaking.

[Updated, 10:36 p.m. PST March 6: Later, Issa said he had personally apologized to the Democratic lawmaker who was cut short during the hearing. “I just wanted to clear the air with @RepCummings,” Issa said on Twitter, referring to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md).

He linked to an interview he gave to the San Diego Union-Tribune, in which he reported he had apologized to the lawmaker. “Mr. Cummings is a member of Congress who works very hard for his constituents,” he said.

Issa called what happened at the hearing “an unfortunate incident” and said he should have handled the matter differently.

“I could have offered to reopen the hearing and allowed him to make a second statement,” Issa told the paper. “As chairman, I should have been much more sensitive to the mood of what was going on, and I take responsibility.”

Cummings confirmed in a statement that the two had spoken.

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