Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) has resigned from the Freedom Caucus over the GOP healthcare fiasco because he wanted to vote for the bill:

“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 said through his congressional office. “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.”

Fox News reported that Poe told President Donald Trump he planned to vote on the bill.

Poe resigned after Trump criticized the caucus and Democrats for the bill’s failure:

The caucus, made up of 30-40 House GOP members, rallied against the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) pretty much from the get go because it “did not fulfill the Republican promise to fully repeal and replace ObamaCare.”

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) needed 216 votes, but supposedly fell short by 20 votes. Trump even allegedly told caucus leader Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) “the would hold him responsible if the bill failed.”

After Ryan withdrew the support, Poe tweeted support for Trump and Ryan:

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