‘To hell with this place’: 105 Republicans join Dems in successful vote to expel Santos. Here’s the breakdown…

U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) was voted out of Congress Friday in a move that has caused division even within his own party.

“The embattled lawmaker had already survived two expulsion attempts, but an Ethics Committee report released last month prompted more lawmakers to say they were ready to oust Santos from the House,” The Hill reported Friday, noting Santos is now the sixth member of Congress to be ousted in history.

Santos has pleaded not guilty to 23 federal counts related to campaign finance, wire fraud and more.

“To hell with this place,” he reportedly said as he left the House chamber Friday.

“The House voted — that’s their vote,” he told reporters. “They just set a new dangerous precedent for themselves.”

The 311-114-2 vote saw 105 Republicans join Democrats to remove the lawmaker, a move not seen in two decades. But GOP members were not united on the issue as the voting record shows.

According to The Hill:

Most members of the House GOP leadership team voted against ousting Santos, including Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.), House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) and conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).

National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) voted in favor of expulsion.

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) did not vote.

Reps. Bobby Scott (Va.) and Nikema Williams (Ga.) were the only Democrats to vote against expelling Santos.

Reps. Al Green (D-Texas) and Jonathan Jackson (D-Ill.) voted present.

 

Rep. Thomas Massie, who voted against expelling Santos, provided the roll call on X.

Reactions poured in on the social media platform, with many calling out “spineless” Republicans who seem to miss the forest for the trees.

 

Frieda Powers

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