Lungren and DeFazio go at it on the House floor

Tempers flared on the House floor Tuesday when Reps. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) shouted at each other over a health insurance regulation bill.

Lungren proposed an amendment to a bill that would make health insurers subject to both federal and state regulations. DeFazio objected to the measure and may have crossed the line in criticizing Lungren directly.

Fuming, Lungren called in the umpire. "Madame chair, is it not the rules of this House that members address the chair? he growled. It is.

But Lungren was just getting started. His eyes grew bigger as he railed against those who he said didn't understand tort law, quoted William Faulkner, and he issued a loud, dire warning about bipartisanship.

"The suggestion that all you have to do is shout louder than someone else ... is nonsense!" he shouted.

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