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 HastingsGOP lawmaker: 'Dangerous' abuse of Interpol by Russia, China, Venezuela Harris hops past Biden in early race for Black Caucus support NFL players: Corporal punishment in schools is unacceptable 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 BurgessTrump officials propose easing privacy rules to improve addiction treatment House approves bill raising minimum wage to per hour The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran 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.