House Rules Committee Chairman Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsHillicon Valley — Presented by CTIA and America's wireless industry — Lawmaker sees political payback in fight over 'deepfakes' measure | Tech giants to testify at hearing on 'censorship' claims | Google pulls the plug on AI council Lawmaker alleges political payback in failed 'deepfakes' measure As Russia collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges 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 HastingsNFL players: Corporal punishment in schools is unacceptable Some Senate Dems see Ocasio-Cortez as weak spokeswoman for party Florida lawmaker diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 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 BurgessBipartisan House panel leaders ask agencies for maternal mortality data Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders to roll out 'Medicare for all' bill | Dems target Juul over Altria ties | Measles cases spike nationwide GOP rep who supports lowering voting age: 'It's on us' if 16-year-olds vote Democratic 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.