Rep. George Santos Faces Expulsion

Happy Friday! Less than a week before Thanksgiving, we’re thankful Congress was able to adjourn this week before coming to blows—mostly.

The Congressional Record

  • Senators voted 87-11 late Wednesday night to approve the House-passed stopgap funding bill proposed by new House Speaker Mike Johnson, averting a government shutdown. President Joe Biden signed the legislation on Thursday.
  • A jury in California on Thursday convicted David DePape, of assault on an immediate family member of a federal official and attempted kidnapping of a federal officer. DePape, who attacked former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul last October, could face up to 50 years in prison.
  • Rep. Dan Kildee, a Michigan Democrat who was first elected in 2012, announced Thursday he will not run for reelection. In a video, he said being treated for cancer earlier this year gave him a new perspective about how he wants to spend his time. Kildee, 65, spoke with The Dispatch shortly before the one-year anniversary of the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol about how it affected his work and his relationships with Republicans who tried to overturn the 2020 election. “With my wife, with my kids, with my mom, who’s 87, I’ve had conversations with them, and it’s inevitable that the question comes up like, ‘Well, do you really want to keep doing this?’ And I do,” he said at the time. “But sadly, I don’t look at the place the way I used to.”
  • Kendrid Hamlin, who attacked Rep. Angie Craig at her apartment building in Washington, D.C., in February, was sentenced to more than two years in prison this week. Hamlin pleaded guilty to assaulting Craig, a Minnesota Democrat, including punching her in the face and trapping her in an elevator. Craig testified that the attack has had “a lasting impact on my family.”
  • House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul told Punchbowl News he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said he needed ammunition “yesterday.” Netanyahu reportedly asked for more Iron Dome interceptors, precision-guided weapons, and artillery shells.

Santos Could be Expelled

Rep. George Santos speaks with reporters after a vote on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Rep. George Santos speaks with reporters after a vote on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

When the House returns from its Thanksgiving recess at the end of the month, Rep. George Santos may become the first member expelled from the chamber since 2002—and only the sixth to face such punishment in American history.

Santos—a New York Republican who is charged with 23 felony fraud counts for wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, making charges on donors’ credit cards without their permission, and submitting false information, among other violations—survived an initial attempt to expel him earlier this month as members awaited a House ethics panel investigation into his behavior. The committee’s 55-page report, released Thursday, is blistering and might turn the tide: Santos, the bipartisan investigative subcommittee wrote, “cannot be trusted.”

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