Troubled Republican Gets More Power In Congress

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Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday said that despite everything Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) will get seats in committees. This is despite all the recent criticisms that Santos has faced after it became apparent that he had lied about his personal, professional, and academic background.

Last week, McCarthy had said that Santos would not be assigned to any of the top House committees, which include the following committees: Appropriations, Ways and Means, Financial Services, and Energy and Commerce. However, he had not completely opposed the possibility that Santos would be seated in one of the other committees.

However, Santos is currently at the center of a controversy, with many Representatives, some of whom are Republican, calling for his resignation. McCarthy has not been one of the Republicans to call for Santos’s resignation, saying that he was rightfully voted into office in New York’s 3rd Congressional District.

He added that Santos will have to go through the Ethics Committee for any concerns that exist, but that until then he continues to serve in Congress. McCarthy on Monday also disclosed that he always had questions and concerns regarding Santos’s resume, he added that he had previously been informed by his staff that one of Santos’s staff members had impersonated McCarthy’s chief of staff during Santos’s campaigns in 2020 and 2022. He added that had caused concern, but that staff member had immediately been fired after Santos found out about the incident.