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Rep. Torres introduces SANTOS Act to require candidates be truthful before taking office

If the SANTOS Act passes, it would apply to all representatives, not just new ones.

News 12 Staff

Dec 30, 2022, 10:43 PM

Updated 504 days ago


A New York congressman is introducing new legislation in the aftermath of Rep.-elect George Santos' admission about fabricating much of his resume and personal history.
The SANTOS Act, which stands for Stop Another Non Truthful Office Seeker, was introduced Friday by Rep. Ritchie Torres.
If the bill is passed, it would require candidates to disclose in writing and under oath, their employment, educational and military history.
Torres says he believes candidates should have a legal obligation to tell the truth - something he says Santos has not done about every aspect of his life.
"His family heritage, his educational background, his employment, even his connection to historical events like the Holocaust and the Pulse Club mass shooting," Torres said.
In an October 2020 interview with News 12, Santos claimed that he was told he would not make it up the ladder at Citi Group because of his sexuality.
"I started my career at Citi Group and worked my way up," Santos said. "It's funny, the first thing I heard when I started in my career, and I started in my late mother's footsteps, 'You're a nice guy, you're very smart but you won't make it far in this career, you know, it is a very homophobic industry.' I actually heard that my first six months at work and I proved them wrong."
This week, Santos admitted to lying about working for Citi Group and Goldman Sachs in an interview with the New York Post.
News 12 tried to speak with Santos and with someone from his campaign and were hung up on.
Rep.-elect Nick LaLota has already called for a House ethics investigation into Santos or for law enforcement to get involved if necessary.
If the SANTOS Act passes, it would apply to all representatives, not just new ones.
"You can not have a fraudulent candidate have access to information and briefings about national security," Torres said. "He cannot be a Congress person."
Torres told News 12 that Santos' greatest act of integrity would be to resign.
Santos is expected to be sworn into Congress on Tuesday.

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