In a first, GOP-led House ousted Santos without conviction; Dems Menendez and Rangel got free pass --Expelling a member of Congress requires a two-thirds vote in either chamber, according to House and Senate rules. | 2 Dec 2023 | By ousting Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., without a criminal conviction, the GOP-led House took an action never been done before on Capitol Hill. For example, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., was indicted on bribery charges. There have been some calls among Democrats for his resignation but he has vowed to continue serving, is fighting the legal charges, and he is not facing expulsion. According to the Department of Justice, more than $480,000 in cash -- much of it stuffed into envelopes and hidden in clothing, closets, and a safe -- was discovered in his home. Local newspapers reported that Menendez reported federal income of $170,985 in 2018, including his Senate salary and rents from property he owns in Union City, N.J., Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., said on ABC's The View that "the more important picture is that we have a colleague in the Senate that actually did much more sinister kinds of things." "Senator Menendez needs to go, and if you are going to expel Santos, how can you allow somebody like Menendez to remain in the Senate?" Fetterman asked.

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