Why Is New York Congressman George Santos Stepping Down? Reports say that New York Congressman George Santos is stepping down from two House committees just weeks after being appointed to them. This is because his personal and campaign finances are being looked into.
Why Is New York Congressman George Santos Stepping Down?
Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News was the first to tweet about Santos’s decision late Tuesday morning (Jan. 31).
The Hill says that Santos told his colleagues that he would “temporarily” step down from his seats on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee and the Small Business Committee until “things get settled.”
NBC News says that the new Republican lawmaker, who represents the 3rd District on the North Shore of Long Island and parts of Queens, met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy the day before the news came out.
As a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Santos was in charge of several federal agencies, such as NASA and the National Science Foundation.
The committee is also in charge of research and development at the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, the National Weather Service, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Santos has been in a lot of trouble since he admitted that he lied about a lot of his background before the 2022 midterm elections. He lied about where he worked and went to school, among other things.
Since Santos was sworn in on January 7, House Democrats have filed a complaint against him with the House Ethics Committee, asking that his financial disclosure reports be looked into.
Santos is being accused by a non-profit organisation that has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) of utilising campaign cash for personal needs and concealing the identities of his donors.
The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York are also looking into Santos.
A recent Siena College poll found that almost two-thirds of Democrats and 59% of independents in New York think that Santos should step down. 49 percent of Republicans, which is a large number, also said he should step down. Only 17% of voters think that he should keep his job.