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Democrats Defeat G.O.P. Effort to Oust Charles Rangel (Tax cheat gets away with it)
New York Times ^
| Carl Hulse
Posted on 10/07/2009 7:15:01 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
WASHINGTON House Democrats on Wednesday blocked a Republican effort to force Representative Charles B. Rangel from the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee and instead referred the demand to the ethics panel already investigating him.
As expected, the House voted 246 to 153 to essentially table the call for the ouster of Mr. Rangel, Democrat of New York. Representative John Carter, Republican of Texas, had sought Mr. Rangels removal in a resolution that said national attention to financial lapses by the chairman of the tax-writing committee has held the House up to public ridicule.
Under rules governing consideration of such resolutions in the House, there was no debate on the proposal. But Democrats and a few Republicans said the House should take no action until the ethics panel, which has been studying the case for more than a year, reached a conclusion on Mr. Rangels belated disclosure of significant personal assets and his initial failure to pay taxes on some income.
Mr. Rangel sat in the front row of the House chamber as the nine-page resolution recounting news articles and editorials about his financial missteps was read twice in full, a process that consumed about 30 minutes.
All I can say is I voted for the motion to table and send it to the ethics committee, said Mr. Rangel as he exited the chamber. I have been waiting patiently for the ethics committee to make a judgment. That is where it belongs. It does not belong on the floor.
Though Republicans were defeated in their effort, they still obtained what they wanted in political terms: another vote they can try to use to suggest that Democrats, and specifically Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are protecting Mr. Rangel.
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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 111th; charlesrangel; cultureofcorruption; gop; pelosi; rangle; taxes; taxevasion
There goes Pelosi's promise to make this -- "the most open and ethical Congress in history.
But it’s for the children. What a sacrifice!
posted on 10/07/2009 7:17:01 PM PDT
(The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
The Party of Megacorruption wins another BIG one! You can bet they are all sitting around laughing about this tonight.
posted on 10/07/2009 7:18:02 PM PDT
(America! We're spending our grandchildren's inheritance!)
Based on Maxine Waters comments today the IRS should do an audit on all Congressman...
The public should demand it.
posted on 10/07/2009 7:19:04 PM PDT
(Joe Wilson was speaking truth to power in the Peoples House. I am Joe !)
"What, me worry?"
Another victory for communists America.
posted on 10/07/2009 7:21:45 PM PDT
by Logical me
To: Logical me
can anybody point me to the roll call?
posted on 10/07/2009 7:27:37 PM PDT
To: neverdem; Behind Liberal Lines; Free ThinkerNY; justiceseeker93; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; ...
posted on 10/07/2009 7:31:30 PM PDT
(Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
To: Logical me
No surprise at all. Culture of corruption! Hopefully the GOP will be smart and use Rangel and others as poster boys for the slimy goings on in Congress and among Dems. Could help them out. But they have to play hardball.
posted on 10/07/2009 7:55:27 PM PDT
But they have to play hardball.
Please, please repeat that!!! We should all repeat that as many times as possible and as loud as possible!!!
posted on 10/07/2009 7:58:17 PM PDT
(Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.)
But they have to play hardball.
Democrats play hardball.
Republicans play whiffle ball!
posted on 10/07/2009 8:19:09 PM PDT
(0bama, proof we can no longer underestimate the stupidity of the voters.)
You can bet they are all sitting around laughing about this tonight.
Let em laugh and have a blast. Their house of glass shards will be shattered eventually for all to see. Let the vermin feast on their own corruption!
posted on 10/07/2009 8:49:16 PM PDT
To: SeekAndFind; SunkenCiv; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; Just A Nobody; smoothsailing; RedRover; ...
There was a rumor floating around that the NY Dems will seek to solve two problems in one swoop by asking Rangel to retire and running the current governor Paterson (who has virtually no chance for reelection next year) for Rangel’s House seat.
running the current governor Paterson (who has virtually no chance for reelection next year) for Rangels House seat.
I don't know where Paterson's resident is. Rangel has represented his district ( which includes Harlem ) for the longest time. He could commit murder in daylight and his district will STILL vote for him. Assuming Rangel has no shame ( and I believe he does not ), he has his seat for as long as he wants.
But let's assume that Rangel will retire ( highly unlikely, but let's just assume), If Paterson is not a resident of Rangel's district, he has to establish residence. Only then can he run as their congressman. If he does that, will he win ? My guess is YES, especially if Rangel endorses him. Rangel's constituents will vote Democrat come hell or high water.
If Paterson is not a resident of Rangel's district, he has to establish residence.
I don't know where Paterson's residence is now, but I do know that the US Constitution would require a House member merely to be a resident of the state that he represents, not necessarily a resident of his district. (Not that 'Rats care about following constitutional niceties in general.) BTW, Paterson has long been associated with Rangel's Harlem district anyhow.
posted on 10/08/2009 3:17:41 PM PDT
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