Texas Republican Ted Poe Resigns from Freedom Caucus over Health Care Bill Failure

WASHINGTON, DC - December 2: Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) listens as Robert Bradtke, senior adviser for partner engagement on Syria foreign fighters at the State Department makes an opening statement before a House Foreign Affairs SubCommittee hearing on December 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. The hearing dealt with ISIS and …
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Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) has formally resigned from the House of Representatives’ conservative Freedom Caucus after the failure of the GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“I have resigned from the House Freedom Caucus,” Ted Poe said in a statement Sunday, Fox News reported.

“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,” Poe added.

Rep. Poe said his decision to quit the conservative group would allow him to be a better congressman.

“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 said.

The congressman from Humble, Texas, had announced his intention to vote “yes” on the bill House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS) was supporting last week. In a March 24 tweet, Poe said the GOP needs to be more than the “party of no.”

While the Freedom Caucus does not maintain a formal list of members — though there are up to 40 members — Poe was a more recent addition.

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