Brian Babin becomes second Texan to quit Freedom Caucus since March

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Woodville, is the second Texas Republican since March to quit an arch conservative group in Congress, the Freedom Caucus.

In recent weeks, Babin, a sophomore from East Texas, surfaced as a vocal critic of the caucus’ obstruction to the agenda of House leadership and President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Ted Poe of Humble left the caucus in early April with similar complaints. 

“As one of the most conservative members of Congress, I have nothing but the greatest respect for my friends and colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus,” Babin said in a statement. “I simply believe I can be a more effective voice in support of our conservative policies outside of the caucus now that we have a President who will sign our conservative legislation.”

The Freedom Caucus has several dozen members. It has stymied the rest of the GOP conference in the past by denying a party consensus on legislation – usually on the grounds that the leadership’s agenda is not conservative enough. Frequently, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and his predecessor, John Boehner, were forced to seek Democratic support for legislation because they could not secure a simple majority vote out of their own caucus. 

The group’s years-long fights with leadership have frequently surfaced during budget and health care negotiations. 

Last month, both Babin and Poe ultimately backed the GOP leadership’s plan to overhaul former President Obama’s 2010 health care law, despite opposition from most other Freedom Caucus members. 

There is no official public roster of the Freedom Caucus, but at least three Texans still call themselves members of the group: U.S. Reps. Joe Barton of Ennis, Louie Gohmert of Tyler and Randy Weber of Friendswood.


Source: Texas Tribune Blue Left News

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One thought on “Brian Babin becomes second Texan to quit Freedom Caucus since March

  1. Kenneth Atkinson sr.

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    Quit having this Great Respect for these colleagues when these people are there to do things other than the bidding of and for the constituents who placed them in office. This means you Sir. As far as being FRIENDS with the Dems
    That’s fine but remember that when they vote they vote TOGETHER. Why aren’t the Republicans doing this? Weak Sisters?? List them publically so we can know who to vote out. If that upsets them, doesn’t it tell you that they aren’t on board? You guys are going to have to
    Get tough. This is WAR. so fight as such.

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