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The Brief: After the Obamacare fight, Ted Poe resigns from Freedom Caucus

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, has resigned from the group that helped derail the American Health Care Act.

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble.

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What you need to know

On Friday, U.S. House Republicans pulled the American Health Care Act from a floor vote — a move that unraveled a long-time GOP promise to voters: to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law. Here's what happened

  • Both moderate Republicans and hard-line conservatives helped sink the AHCA. "I want to support him [Trump] but I can't support a bill that does more damage than good," said U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, one of the most outspoken Texan congressman against the bill. 
  • Democrats were unified in opposition and said the GOP healthcare bill was doomed from the start. "I'm not surprised at what just happened, said U.S. Marc Veasey, a Democrat from Fort Worth. "It was a mess from the get-go." 
  • And U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, resigned from the group that helped derail the American Health Care Act on Sunday. Poe said in a statement he was leaving the right-wing group because it would allow him "to be a more effective member of Congress and advocate for the people of Texas." 

What we're reading

(Links below lead to outside websites; paywall content noted with $) 

How a secret Freedom Caucus pact brought down Obamacare repeal, Politico

City of Laredo issues cease and desist letter to Lyft, Laredo Morning Times 

'Hello, Bob': Trump called my cellphone to say that health-care bill was dead, The Washington Post ($)

Comptroller: Texas economy is fine, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung ($)

Hundreds at Texas Capitol gather to demand resources for public schools, Austin American-Statesman ($)

18 Texas sheriffs step up to replace Harris County in Trump's deportation push, The Houston Chronicle ($)

For your calendar

Join us on Tuesday, March 28, at KLRU's Studio 6A for a special screening of Beyond the Wall, The Texas Tribune's short documentary that explores the state's immigration issues through the eyes of undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents and a borderland rancher.

Photo of the day

Local dignitaries and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, form a human chain on the International Bridge between Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila and Del Rio, Texas during a Border Unity Rally on March 25. Photo by Marjorie Kamys Cotera. See more photos on our Instagram account

Quote to note

"It’s like we’re on a runaway train and we’re past the point of no return. If this deal fails, the train won’t be able to come to a measured halt. It will gain steam as it careens off the rails."

— Chris Brown, Houston City Controller, about pensions via TribTalk

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