The U.S. House voted today to expel New York Republican Congressman George Santos. The vote was 311 to 114, with 2 members voting Present. He becomes the sixth House member and the first Republican to be expelled in the history of the chamber. He's also the first House member ever to be expelled without a criminal conviction or for fighting for the Confederacy. George Santos left the Capitol following his expulsion. He was followed by a group of reporters as he walked down the Capitol steps to a waiting car. House members reacted to the expulsion of George Santos.
"Congratulations on destroying the United States Senate Judiciary committee," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL) during a tense meeting. The committee voted on federal judge nominees and debated subpoenaing Republican donor Harlan Crow and judicial activist Leonard Leo as part of a probe into alleged unethical financial gifts provided to Supreme Court justices. At the end of the meeting, the committee voted to authorize the subpoenas. No Republicans were in the room for the vote.
2024 Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley met with voters at a town hall in Bluffton, South Carolina. She talked about her time as governor and work at the United Nations. She also touched on immigration and border security as well as veteran health care and the economy. The former ambassador also discussed the wars in Ukraine and Gaza and her vision for supporting allies to prevent U.S. involvement.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak fielded questions from members of the House of Commons on a range of domestic and international issues during the weekly Question Time session. Topics included immigration, winter energy costs, and the canceled meeting between Prime Minister Sunak and Greece Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The opposition leader Keir Starmer critiqued Prime Minister Sunak for canceling the meeting with Greece and said, "Never mind the British Museum, it's the prime minister who has obviously lost his marbles." The meeting was reportedly canceled due to comments made about the status of the Parthenon marble sculptures located in the British Museum.
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins provided an update on the implementation of AUKUS, the trilateral security agreement between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the U.S., during a discussion hosted by the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. Several topics were addressed, including security in the Indo-Pacific region, challenges with China and North Korea, technology innovation, and education and workforce development.