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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2015 file photo, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, walks to a GOP meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Poe announced Wednesday, July 13, 2016, that he's been diagnosed with leukemia. The 67-year-old says he's being treated at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Rep. Ted Poe resigned from the House Freedom Caucus after the healthcare bill debacle


Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) resigned from the House Freedom Caucus Sunday over the group's opposition to the Republican health care plan. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan yanked the American Health Care Act, which was meant to serve as the Republican's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, before a scheduled vote on Friday. Ryan said the bill was pulled after it became clear there wouldn't be enough votes to pass it. 

Approval of the AHCA
American Health Care Act

"I have resigned from the House Freedom Caucus. 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 wrote in a statement Sunday. "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 was one of the Republicans who had planned to back President Trump and other Republican leaders. 

"Thx for your leadership @realDonaldTrump @SpeakerRyan Some only want to be the party of 'no' & would've voted against the 10 commandments," Poe tweeted after the bill was pulled on Friday.  

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