Upcoming Vote on Rep. George Santos’ Expulsion Forges Ahead Despite Defiant Predictions
Indicted Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., may face expulsion from Congress this week, following a prior unsuccessful attempt earlier this month. A second attempt to oust him will proceed, with Rep. George Santos, who admitted to lying about his background and has pleaded not guilty to multiple federal charges, expressing confidence that he will be removed from office this time around. He survived a vote to oust him on Nov. 1, but a recent report from the Ethics Committee has caused many lawmakers to shift their stance.
Rep. Robert Garcia, D-Calif., took steps on Tuesday to introduce a “privileged” resolution to expel Santos. A supermajority vote, or two-thirds, is required to expel a member from Congress. Garcia predicts he has the necessary support among Republican lawmakers to expel Santos as well.
The Ethics report has accused Santos of deceiving donors and using campaign funds for personal expenses, including rent, luxury items, and cosmetic treatments. Should Santos be expelled, it is unclear what impact this will have on Republican majority in the House, given the tight margin already in place.
The conversation around Santos’ case has become increasingly heated as Republicans and Democrats consider the potential vote. Both sides have staked their positions, and the upcoming decision is likely to have a significant impact on the political landscape.