Representative Kiley Statement Following A Vote to Expel Rep. Santos
WASHINGTON – Representative Kevin Kiley (R-CA) released the following statement after voting to expel Representative George Santos (R-NY) from Congress:
“After careful consideration and given what we have recently learned, tonight I voted for the expulsion of Congressman George Santos. Expulsion from Congress is, and should be, an extremely rare occurrence; it has only happened on five prior occasions since our nation was founded. In my view, this extraordinary step was warranted by the unique case before us and the sheer weight of evidence of wrongdoing.
As my New York colleagues have noted, the recent plea agreement between federal prosecutors and Mr. Santos’ former campaign treasurer has laid bare a set of facts the House simply cannot ignore. Absent a decision by Rep. Santos to do the right thing and resign, it is up to the House to act. Expulsion would permit voters in this district to select a new Member of Congress.
I promised to be an independent voice for our district, and I will continue to act accordingly as long as I have the honor to serve.”
The Resolution failed by a vote of 213-179.