Rep. Chris Collins casts first votes in House since arrest

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Rep. Chris Collins returned to the House floor on Tuesday to vote on a pair of bills. 

The Republican Congressman voted against a defense appropriations bill and in favor of a bill relating to biometric identification. 

This marks Collins’ first votes since his arrest on insider trading charges in August. 

After the indictment, House Speaker Paul Ryan removed Collins from the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“While his guilt or innocence is a question for the courts to settle, the allegations against Rep. Collins demand a prompt and thorough investigation by the House Ethics Committee,” Ryan said in a statement. 

Collins suspended his campaign for re-election following the arrest. Collins does remain on the ballot and a replacement candidate has not been named. 

Collins maintains he will represent New York State’s 27th district in Washington until his term is up. 

For more on Collins’ arrest and the aftermath, click on related headlines. 

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