Rep. Poe Resigns From House Freedom Caucus Over Health Care Bill
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 23:45
"We disagreed, but I was convinced that many members of the caucus were never going to say "Yes" to a bill ever".
But Weber, who said he helped lead a standing ovation for Ryan, said the meeting helped members clear the air. "We just said repeal was off the table". "Now we've been brought to the table".
The renewed focus on repealing Obamacare came after Ryan chose to withdraw the House GOP's health care bill Friday, a decision made after it became clear there wouldn't be enough votes to pass it.
The Freedom Caucus is a hard-right group of House members who were largely responsible for blocking the bill to undo President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
The GOP holds just 52 seats in the Senate.
"We all have to reflect on what we could have done better and this discussion was an honest and constructive step forward", he said.
On Sunday, the president criticized the conservative House Freedom Caucus, whose members declined to back the bill.
Trump's anti-Freedom Caucus tweet followed another Twitter burst on Saturday morning, in which he urged his Twitter followers to watch the Saturday night show of Jeanine Pirro, a Fox television show host and former prosecutor. "And that requires him working with Democrats", said Democratic strategist Steve McMahon.
Mr. Brady, however, said the administration and House GOP conference would land on the same page. "And I think everyone is going to be very happy in the end", said Virginia Rep. David Brat, a member of the Freedom Caucus.
His unusual attack drew a personal rebuke from Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a Freedom Caucus member and opponent of the AHCA.
"Some of those who were in the "no" camp expressed their willingness to work on getting to "yes" and to make this work, '" Ryan said. We were captives in an internal House caucus fight. "There's too much at stake to get bogged down in all of that".
Trump's attack started with a tweet that singled out the House Freedom Caucus as well as the influential Club for Growth and Heritage Action for American, marking a new turn in the troubled relationship between the White House and a divided GOP still adjusting to it leader.
The House will continue to pursue health care reform but without "artificial timelines" according to Ryan. "So, it's time for me to leave that group and be a more of an independent conservative in the House".
As for the Democrats, in an interview on ABC's This Week (via the Huffington Post), Democratic N.Y. Senator Chuck Schumer said his party might be willing to work with the White House, but it will take a new approach from Donald Trump.
When asked if she would have imagined on November 9 that Republicans would have abandoned healthcare by March, Pelosi said: "Quite frankly I thought they might have accomplished something in the first few months".