House Rules Committee Chairman Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsProgressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration Capitol Police arrest disability rights protesters for disrupting hearing Crowded primaries loom in Texas House races MORE (R-Texas) took to the House floor Tuesday to defend his state, after a Florida lawmaker said Texas is "crazy."

Tensions flared during a Monday House Rules Committee meeting to prepare an ObamaCare repeal bill, when Rep. Alcee HastingsAlcee (Judge) Lamar HastingsHouse Republicans close in on deal to keep government open 0K in taxpayer funds used to settle harassment case involving Fla. Dem: report The nearly 60 Dems who voted for impeachment MORE (D-Fla.) declared Texas is a "crazy state" and he "wouldn't live there for all the tea in China." Hastings refused to back down, saying "you will wait until hell freezes over" before he apologizes.

Sessions was not present when Hastings insulted his state, but the comment infuriated fellow Rules Committee member Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessDems push for hearing on funding gun violence research 30 million people will experience eating disorders — the CDC needs to help Puerto Rico Rep.: Budget deal will fully fund Puerto Rico Medicaid for two years MORE (R-Texas).

Sessions then publicly defended Burgess during House floor debate early Tuesday afternoon.

"I want to defend the gentleman, Dr. Burgess, a member of our committee, who was attacked last night," Sessions said.

Then Sessions made it clear of the course of a four-minute floor speech: Don't mess with Texas.

"I want to stand up for my state of Texas," Sessions said. "I stand in defense of Texas, although Texas I don't think really needs much defense."

"Texans are a proud people. And we've been a proud people since the days of the Alamo," Sessions added. "While some people may think that limited government and empowering families is 'crazy.' I disagree."

Once Sessions finished, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) jokingly suggested that members take a trip down to the Lone Star State.

"I want to thank the gentleman for the wonderful commercial for Texas. We all should visit Texas," McGovern said.