House Rules Committee Chairman Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsRepublicans must learn from the election mistake on immigration Marijuana was a big winner on Election Day Republicans express frustrations with campaign spending after midterm House losses 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 HastingsGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia House passes bill outlawing the eating of cats and dogs Video shows Dem lawmaker joking about Trump drowning 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 BurgessCards Against Humanity offering midterm expansion pack in effort to back Dems in key races Overnight Health Care: Bill banning 'gag clauses' on drugs heads to Trump's desk | Romney opposes Utah Medicaid expansion | GOP candidate under fire over ad on pre-existing conditions Twitter’s Dorsey apologizes to McCain family for ‘unacceptable’ tweet 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.