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7 House Democrats are moving to boot Republican George Santos from Congress

Brent D. Griffiths   

7 House Democrats are moving to boot Republican George Santos from Congress
  • Rep. Robert Garcia and six other House Democrats want to boot George Santos from Congress.
  • The California Democrat pointed to the myriad embellishments and lies Santos has been caught up in.

Democratic Rep. Robert Garcia of California is leading a small group of fellow House Democrats in pushing for the chamber to expel Republican Rep. George Santos from Congress amid a litany of scandals.

The long-shot effort underlines the degree to which some of Santos' colleagues have a visceral disdain for his continuing presence in Congress.

Nonetheless, Speaker Kevin McCarthy has remained behind the New York Republican. It's also been 20 years since a House lawmaker was expelled and only five members, including a representative-elect, have ever been expelled from the chamber in its entire history.

Expulsion also requires a high bar of two-thirds support of members present and voting; it's why historically lawmakers have resigned when it becomes clear that such a measure could pass.

The freshman House Democrat Garcia wrote on Twitter that Santos, who has admitted embellishing parts of his resume, "has lied about the horrific Pulse shooting against the LGBTQ+ community, 9/11, the Holocaust, his career, his name, and is now being given access to classified information." Alluding to ongoing investigations into Santos' actions, Garcia also said that Santos has "committed financial and campaign fraud. It's time for the House to take action."

A small group of House Republicans, including some of Santos' New York colleagues, have called on him to resign. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah also chastised Santos before President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Last week, Santos announced he would stepped down from his committee assignments after McCarthy allowed the embattled lawmaker to be named to two panels.

Garcia will speak to reporters this afternoon about his effort. Reps. Ted Lieu of California, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Ritchie Torres of New York, Dan Goldman of New York, Becca Balint of Vermont, and Eric Sorensen of Illinois have all signed on to support the effort.

Garcia, the first openly gay immigrant elected to Congress, pointed out that fellow LGBTQ+ freshmen Balint and Sorensen are joining him in supporting the resolution.

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