SecondEmbattled Rep. George Santos (R-NY) was elected to the Small Business Committee on Wednesday, even as colleagues feared he served on the panel because he fabricated much of his backstory.
Santos has come under fire from members of both parties after it emerged that he had lied about his background, including his education, work history and finances. He also faces charges of check fraud and campaign finance irregularities in Brazil.
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Santos is under increasing pressure to resign as his New York Republican freshman colleagues — Mark Molinaro, Mike Lawler, Nick Lalotta, Nick Ranworthy and Brandon Williams — — calling for his resignation. Santos also faces calls to resign from the Nassau County Republican Committee and from the House of Representatives. Nancy Mays (R-SC) and Max Miller (R-OH).
Lawmakers also raised concerns about Santos’ access to sensitive and classified information during briefings as a member of Congress.
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Despite calls for him to give up his seat, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said he believed it was up to his constituents and said Santos would be held to the same ethical standards as other members.