House Democrat looks to block expelled members from floor after Santos surprise

A New York Democrat is looking to restrict floor privileges from expelled members of Congress after a surprise visit from former Rep. George Santos (R-NY) at the State of the Union last week. 

Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) introduced his “Getting Expelled Officially Revokes Guaranteed Entry Resolution,” also known as the GEORGE Resolution, on Monday — a not-so-subtle jab at Santos, who drew the ire of several of his former colleagues after returning to the House floor last week. Under House rules, former members of Congress are permitted to enter the House chamber at any time, a privilege that was not rescinded when Santos was ousted last year. 

Now, however, some lawmakers are looking to change that. 

Santos arrived on Capitol Hill on Thursday evening for the first time since being removed from Congress just three months earlier. And the New York Republican came with some news: He is running for reelection, although this time in a different district. 

His visit surprised several members on both sides of the aisle, garnering mixed reactions from those who backed the historic measure to remove him from office.

“Is he lost?” one House Republican told the Washington Examiner ahead of the speech. 

“We won’t make a scene,” said Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-NY), who voted in favor of ousting his fellow New York Republican. But, he added, “the reception is going to be as cold as the air conditioning.”

It’s not clear when or if Torres’s resolution would be brought to the floor for a vote, although it seems likely to garner enough bipartisan support to pass the lower chamber as several members on both sides of the aisle seemed unnerved by Santos’s ability to return whenever he pleases. 

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Torres was among the first lawmakers who sought to oust Santos from Congress last summer, although the effort didn’t fully take hold until a scathing Ethics Committee report found “substantial evidence” that Santos had knowingly filed false or incomplete reports to the Federal Election Commission, used campaign funds for personal purposes, and “engaged in knowing and willful violations” in relation to the Ethics in Government Act.

That report was enough to turn a substantial number of Republicans against him, making him only the sixth lawmaker to be ousted from the lower chamber in U.S. history.

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