George Santos Faces First GOP-Led Effort to Expel Him From the House

  • 7 months ago
George Santos Faces First GOP-Led Effort to Expel Him From the House.
A group of House Republicans from New York is reviving efforts to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) from Congress.

Why it matters: The move comes after the Justice Department brought new charges against the embattled Long Islander.

House Democrats introduced a measure to expel Santos in May, but Republicans – including the New Yorkers – voted to refer it to the Ethics Committee.
Driving the news: Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-N.Y.) said in a post on the social media site X that he will introduce a resolution on Wednesday “to rid the People's House of fraudster, George Santos.”

All other freshman Republicans from New York – Reps. Nick LaLota, Mike Lawler, Marc Molinaro, Nick Langworthy and Brandon Williams – are co-sponsoring the resolution, D’Esposito said.
What we’re watching: The lawmakers could force a vote on the measure by introducing it as a privileged resolution, which would require the House to consider it within two legislative days.

D’Esposito, asked if he plans to employ that tactic, told Axios: “We’re working through that.”
Between the lines: Most of these members represent districts President Biden won in 2020, and Democrats have used Santos’ continued presence in Congress to go after them politically.

The other side: “If they want to fight with 700,000 people, that’s on them,” Santos said of the resolution, referring to the population of his congressional district.

“If they want to be judge, jury and arbitrator of the whole goddamn thing, let them do it.”