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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Republican Representative Ted Poe resigned from the House for House Freedom on Sunday over the conservative legislative group’s role in collapsing a health care reform championed by President Donald Trump. .
“Saying is not easy, leading is difficult, but that’s what we were chosen for,” the Texas lawmaker said in a statement. “Leaving this caucus will allow me to be a more effective member of Congress.”
Poe was in favor of the Republican legislation, but the Freedom Caucus argued that the proposal did not go far enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act of 2010, popularly known as Obamacare.
The Freedom Caucus, made up of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives, was instrumental in confronting Trump with a surprising political setback on Friday when House Republican leaders withdrew health legislation, derailing an important promise to 2016 election campaign of the president and his allies.
Trump’s fellow Republicans control both houses of Congress.
Trump had intensively courted lawmakers from the Freedom Caucus. Outside conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America, which are closely aligned with the Freedom Caucus, had strongly opposed the Republican healthcare bill and urged lawmakers to vote against it.
In a tweet Sunday morning, Trump lashed out at the Freedom Caucus and other conservatives, saying their actions had left “the Democrats smiling in DC.”
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