During Wednesday's House Oversight Committee hearings on the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., explained to one of the witnesses that "death was a part of life."

After Gregory Hicks, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, revealed his firsthand account of the terrorist attacks, the rest of the room sat in silence. Cummings explained to Hicks that the dramatic testimony reminded him of a eulogy he gave years ago for a relative.

"I said that 'Death is a part of life but so often we have to find a way to make life a part of death,'" Cummings stated.

Cummings added that he wanted to make sure the U.S. learned from its mistakes so that an incident like this wouldn't happen again.