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

Rep. Markwayne MullinMarkwayne MullinIntelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing GOP leader to try to force Swalwell off panel Sirota says eviction moratoriums can play key role in COVID-19 fight 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 KusterThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Pelosi seeks to put pressure on GOP in COVID-19 relief battle 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 ButterfieldThe Memo: How liberal will the Biden presidency be? Democrats vow to go 'bold' — with or without GOP CBC 'unequivocally' endorses Shalanda Young for White House budget chief 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.