WITF: Pa. Congressional delegation firmly behind decision to expel George Santos

Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation voted overwhelmingly to expel New York Republican George Santos from the House of Representatives Friday.

Only three of the 17 representatives did not support expulsion.

Republican U.S. Reps. Scott Perry, of York County, and Guy Reschenthaler, of suburban Pittsburgh, voted against expulsion; Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, did not vote.

Five Republicans joined all nine of the state’s Democratic members of Congress in voting to expel Santos after the House Ethics Committee found significant evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Dwight Evans, a Philadelphia Democrat, tweeted he felt deeply troubled by the repeated serious lies Santos was caught in and what he called the repeated shielding of him by House Republican leadership.

He noted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that several top Republican leaders voted against expulsion.

Democrat Madeleine Dean tweeted that service in Congress demands truth, integrity, and an unwavering commitment to the rule of law.

The House Ethics Committee’s report, she wrote, clearly showed Santos consistently failed to meet this standard.

Overall, the House voted 311-to-114 to expel, which is more than the two-thirds threshold needed.

This marks the first time since the Civil War that the House has expelled a member who had not been criminally convicted.

Of the previous expulsions in the House, three were for disloyalty to the Union during the Civil War.

The remaining two occurred after the lawmakers were convicted of crimes in federal court.

Here is how the Pennsylvania delegation voted:

H. Res. 878
On agreeing to the resolution providing for the expulsion of U.S. Rep. George Santos from the U.S. House of Representatives. A “yes” vote was in favor of expelling of Santos.

Voting yes:
Rep. Brendan F. Boyle, D-Philadelphia
Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Lackawanna County
Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Philadelphia
Rep. Christopher R. Deluzio, D-Allegheny County
Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Philadelphia
Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick, R-Bucks County
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Chester County
Rep. John Joyce, R-Blair County
Rep. Summer L. Lee, D-Allegheny County
Rep. Dan Meuser, Republican-Luzerne County
Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Delaware County
Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Lancaster County
Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Centre County
Rep. Susan Wild, D-Lehigh County

Voting no:
Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Washington County

Not voting:
Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Butler County

By Randy Parker | WITF
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