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McCarthy Wary Of Defiant George Santos's Committee Assignments

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In the wake of news that Republicans in New York called for gay GOP Rep. George Santos to resign, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy said the congressman shouldn't be appointed to influential committees, while Santos said he would not leave.On his way to a Republican Steering Committee meeting, McCarthy responded, "No" to a question asking whether Santos should be seated on any influential committees, NBC News reports.McCarthy's response comes as pressure mounts around Santos.

Nassau County Republicans insisted Wednesday that the congressman resign, calling him "disgraced." They included Rep. Anthony D'Esposito, who represents a nearby New York district.For his part, Santos, who voted for Kevin McCarthy to become speaker 15 times, appears to be defiant.

The embattled representative went to Twitter to express his intention to stay where he is."I was elected to serve the people of #NY03 not the party & politicians, I remain committed to doing that and regret to hear that local officials refuse to work with my office to deliver results to keep our community safe and lower the cost of living.

I will NOT resign!" he wrote. Some critics argue that Santos's participation on committees could be dangerous for national security.

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