Expulsion Vote On Santos Likely This Week

WASHINGTON, DC — It’s been nearly a year since George Santos was elected to Congress from New York’s 3rd District. Almost immediately since winning the seat, reports surfaced that Santos was not necessarily who he portrayed himself to the electorate.

What started as untruths surrounding his resume and family life turned into a May federal indictment that included wire fraud, money laundering and lying to Congress. A superseding indictment last week added additional federal charges against the first-term lawmaker. He pleaded not guilty to both sets of counts.

Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-Island Park) introduced legislation to expel Santos for his indictments and a “history of misrepresenting his and his family’s connections to major events, including the Holocaust, 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Pulse nightclub shooting.”

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It’s expected to come up for vote on Wednesday, and it’s not certain if the votes are there for expulsion, which requires a two-thirds majority of the House. D’Esposito is joined by fellow New York representatives Nick LaLota, Michael Lawler, Marc Molinaro and Brandon Williams in support. However, Santos’ removal needs every Democrat along with likely a dozen Republicans.

“Is their resolution to expel Santos mere lip service?” Jody Kass, of Concerned Citizens of NY-03, said. “Is it cover so they can tell constituents that they tried to oust Santos, without actually doing anything to get the Resolution passed?”

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Kass said the New York lawmakers “must leverage their five-vote power to stymie the GOP’s agenda until Santos is ousted.”

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