House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) heard an earful from GOP lawmakers upset with Barton's remarks during a series of votes on the floor Thursday afternoon.
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) described a scene of "yelling" when he told Boehner that he would call for Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) to resign as ranking member of the Energy and Commerce committee.
Miller called on Barton to step down from the top GOP spot on the committee after Barton used his opening remarks at a hearing Thursday morning to apologize to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the way the government had treated the company for its role in the massive, ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Miller said he was not alone. Reps. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) also participated in the heated discussion.
"Oh, they are furious," Miller said in an interview with The Hill, noting that Bonner, the top-ranking Republican on the ethics panel, is "the calmest guy in the legislative body."
The account was confirmed by a source watching the scene unfold.
Bonner's office declined to comment for this story. Myrick's office did not respond for comment.
Miller noted that Boehner "was very angry at what Barton did."
Bonner stopped short of calling for Barton to step aside as ranking member of the Energy and Commerce committee, but did demand that Barton "retract" his comments.
“I am stunned at the insensitivity of Rep. Barton’s remarks which completely ignores the enormity of the crisis facing the entire Gulf community, not to mention BP’s obvious culpability in contributing to this ecological disaster,” Bonner wrote later Thursday afternoon in a statement.
Bonner continued, "this is not the time for political posturing from either side. While I have expressed my frustration with some of the federal response to date, I am calling on Rep. Barton to retract his comments which are both inappropriate and hurtful to a whole region of the country which is looking for critical assistance, not irresponsible rhetoric.”
Barton was also able to soften the blow with his fellow Lone Star State colleagues.
The Texas GOP delegation meets weekly for lunch, and Thursday's luncheon gave Barton an opportunity to explain his remarks, according to Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), who participated in the meeting.
Updated at 4:05 p.m.