Monday, March 27, 2017
Freedom Caucus member Ted Poe leaves group after healthcare bill debacle
WExaminer by Robert King --
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, has left the group due to conflicts over the group's strategy on the American Health Care Act, which was pulled right before a scheduled vote on Friday because of opposition from caucus members and moderates.
"I have resigned from the House Freedom Caucus," Poe said in a statement. "In order to deliver on the conservative agenda we have promised the American people for eight years, we must come together to find solutions to move this country forward. Saying no is easy, leading is hard, but that is what we were elected to do. Leaving this caucus will allow me to be a more effective Member of Congress and advocate for the people of Texas. It is time to lead."
Poe had planned to vote yes for the bill, which was pushed hard by President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.