Controversy surrounding Rep.-elect Santos inspires lawmaker to propose 'SANTOS Act'
A new bill is being introduced to prevent would-be lawmakers from lying to constituents: the Stop Another Non-Truthful Office Seeker (SANTOS) Act.
"I am introducing a bill to require candidates to disclose under oath their employment, educational, & military history so we can punish candidates who lie to voters about their qualifications," Bronx Congressman Ritchie Torres wrote in a tweet.
Torres' bill refers specifically to the ongoing controversy surrounding Rep.-elect George Santos, who has admitted to a variety of falsehoods about his education, family history, religious affiliation and work experience. Those admissions came only after he won the November election, though Santos has shown no signs he plans to resign.
The tweet had been viewed more than 1.2 million times by 5:30 a.m. Friday since it's posting on Thursday night.
Torres says other elected leaders who supported Santos, like GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, also need to step-up and hold Santos accountable.
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