New York Republican insists he will not resign from his post; House needs two-thirds majority to pass expulsion measure
Good morning, US politics blog readers. Republican congressman George Santos may be down to his last hours in office, after a pair of House Democrats yesterday called up an expulsion resolution against him that must be voted on within 48 hours. The New York lawmaker has admitted to fabricating much of his resume following his election last year, has been indicted on an array of federal fraud charges and, crucially for his position in Congress, was found by the House ethics committee to have committed “grave and pervasive campaign finance violations and fraudulent activity”. That most recent development has dramatically shifted sentiment against him in Congress’s lower chamber, and while the expulsion resolution needs a two-thirds majority support to pass, enough lawmakers may finally be willing to boot him.
While Santos has already said he will not stand for a second term, he yesterday insisted he will not resign his post. Thus, the question is, will the House’s Republican leaders bring up the expulsion resolution for a vote today, or Thursday, and will it pass?
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