GOP lawmaker suggests duel with female senators

Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdThe biggest political upsets of the decade Members spar over sexual harassment training deadline Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations MORE (R-Texas) suggested in a recent interview that he'd like to duel with female senators he blames for the Senate's failure to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Farenthold told a radio station in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday that “some female senators from the Northeast” are responsible for the Senate’s failure to pass a bill, The Associated Press reported Monday.

“If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Farenthold added.

Vice President Aaron Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton, the United States' first Treasury secretary and a signatory of the Constitution, in a duel in 1804.


It's not clear who Farenthold was referring to. He said it was “absolutely repugnant” that the Senate hasn’t passed a bill to repeal ObamaCare. The House passed its version of a healthcare reform bill in May.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsReal relief from high gas prices The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron Collins says she supports legislation putting Roe v. Wade protections into law MORE (R-Maine) has been a major opponent of her party’s drafts of legislation dismantling ObamaCare. Sens. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoGOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall White House looks to rein in gas prices ahead of busy travel season MORE (R-W.Va.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCongress should reject H.R. 1619's dangerous anywhere, any place casino precedent Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (R-Alaska) have also opposed the measure.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on a motion to proceed on a version of a bill to repeal ObamaCare this week, but it’s unclear what piece of legislation senators will actually move to. They could begin considering a straight repeal of ObamaCare or repeal-and-replace legislation.

It's also possible their effort will die with the initial procedural motion, which may not have the 50 votes necessary to advance.