GOP lawmaker draws backlash for telling Democratic colleague to 'shut up' during heated ObamaCare debate

Rep. Markwayne MullinMarkwayne MullinThe United States must stand with Georgia's fight for freedom Markwayne Mullin wins GOP House primary in Oklahoma Republicans push for help for renewable energy, fossil fuel industries MORE (R-Okla.) drew backlash from some of his fellow committee members this week after telling a Democratic colleague to "shut up" during a heated discussion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The heated exchange began after Mullin remarked at a meeting that employees at his plumbing company told him their coverage under the Obama-era health care law “sucks." 

Mullin called out New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D) during a discussion of the health care law, asking what Luján has proposed to resolve bipartisan efforts to change the ACA.

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Luján interrupted to ask whether Mullin would yield his time to allow him to answer the question. Mullin declined, saying Luján could "shut up now."

Several members of the committee could be heard voicing objections to Mullin’s remarks. According to The Oklahoman, Mullin was reportedly forced to retract some of his language from the congressional record after members complained that he had violated the House rules of decorum.

According to the paper, New Hampshire Rep. Ann KusterAnn McLane KusterChinese tech giants caught up in rising US-China tensions Democratic lawmakers introduce legislation to ensure US can mass-produce COVID-19 vaccine Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers MORE (D) called for the “five-letter word” beginning and ending with "s" to be struck from the record because she found it offensive.

North Carolina Rep. G.K. ButterfieldGeorge (G.K.) Kenneth ButterfieldHouse passes police reform bill that faces dead end in Senate Black Caucus rallies behind Meeks for Foreign Affairs gavel House to pass sweeping police reform legislation MORE (D) also reportedly said the word “is inappropriate in this committee in the context in which you used it.”

Mullin said he would retract “sucks” from the record but added that he wouldn’t apologize for telling his colleague to “shut up” because he felt that “he kept trying to talk over me," according to the local paper.