Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) 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 repeal and replace ObamaCare, adding that he’d like to duel with them if they were men, 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.
Alexander Hamilton, the United States’ first Treasury secretary and a signatory of the Constitution, was shot an killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel in 1804.
He said it is “absolutely repugnant” that the Senate hasn’t passed a bill to repeal ObamaCare after the House passed its version of a healthcare reform bill in May.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have all opposed the GOP measure.
The Senate is slated to vote on a motion to proceed on a version of a bill to repeal ObamaCare this week, but as The Hill notes, “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.”