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House Censures Rangel
The National Journal ^ | 12/02/2010 | Billy House

Posted on 12/02/2010 4:53:24 PM PST by speciallybland

In a historic action against one of its own, the House Thursday voted 333 to 79 to censure Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on 11 charges of violating rules of the chamber -- a vote that overwhelming yet clearly wrenching for many of his colleagues.

Following the vote, Rangel walked down to the well of the House to receive his public rebuke, alone and looking somber, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) read a list of the violations.

When she concluded, Rangel responded, "I just want all of you to know that I know in all my heart that I will not be judged by this Congress, but by my life, my actions, and my contributions to society."

Before the vote, Rangel the 80-year-old Harlem lawmaker said in a 6-minute address that he brought these events "upon myself."

Rangel also apologized to his colleagues "for putting you in this awkward position," recalled it was 60 years ago this week he had been wounded in the service of his country in Korea, and said he "wants to continue to service this Congress and this country."

But Rangel also continued to argue that a fairer punishment based on House precedent would have been a reprimand. And two colleagues sitting on his right and left -- Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) both took up that same argument on his behalf.

But in the end, that argument did not prevail, with the House rejecting an amendment to reduce the punishment down to a reprimand.

Three Republicans who favored reprimand over censure were Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), Don Young (R-Alaska), and Ron Paul (R-Texas).

(Excerpt) Read more at hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: censure; charlierangel; rangel

1 posted on 12/02/2010 4:53:27 PM PST by speciallybland
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To: speciallybland

Good. Can we send him to jail now?


2 posted on 12/02/2010 4:55:20 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: speciallybland

Some punishment.... they shake their finger at him and say, “Shame! Shame!”

We’d be in jail.


3 posted on 12/02/2010 4:56:01 PM PST by earlJam
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To: speciallybland

“Three Republicans who favored reprimand over censure were Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), Don Young (R-Alaska), and Ron Paul (R-Texas).”

Duly noted.


4 posted on 12/02/2010 4:56:07 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: speciallybland

Now send him to the Big House.


5 posted on 12/02/2010 4:56:18 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. Save America From Bankruptcy.)
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To: speciallybland
Following the vote, Rangel walked down to the well of the House to receive his public rebuke, alone and looking somber, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) read a list of the violations.




6 posted on 12/02/2010 4:57:41 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: speciallybland

Pathetic...parasite..chiseler...schnorer


7 posted on 12/02/2010 4:58:13 PM PST by y6162
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To: speciallybland
Move along - nothing to see here!

rangel-money-4sm

8 posted on 12/02/2010 5:02:56 PM PST by BobP (hat about the pensions and)
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To: ViLaLuz
Good. Can we send him to jail now?

Unfortunately, nothing is going to happen to him. His oh, so severe punishment was standing in front of Congress and having Nan read aloud his misdeeds. Then he got to return to his seat as if nothing had happened.

9 posted on 12/02/2010 5:03:06 PM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: speciallybland

Next?


10 posted on 12/02/2010 5:03:24 PM PST by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: ViLaLuz

So Much for Ron Paul being ethical.


11 posted on 12/02/2010 5:04:53 PM PST by Revel
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To: speciallybland

A House Censure... similar in effectiveness as a UN Security Council sternly worded resolution... “Stop! Or we’ll tell you to stop again!!”


12 posted on 12/02/2010 5:06:47 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: speciallybland
Why was Rangel so mortified over congressional censure, begging for a reprimand, when all it comes down to is a half-hearted tongue lashing from some chick who isn't even going to be Speaker of the House next month?

I could stand up through this ridiculous 'censure' with a smile on my face eating jumbo shrimp cocktail the whole time pretending I'm not even listening to their stupid crap.

This punishment means nothing. Less than nothing.

13 posted on 12/02/2010 5:07:48 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: ex-snook

“”Next?””

Maxine Waters. I would prefer to see her censured and expelled....but I ‘m a day dreamer.


14 posted on 12/02/2010 5:08:01 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: speciallybland

I watched the entire thing on C-SPAN. House members first voted for an amendment and then voted for the censure. Both times the chairman or speaker took an oral vote first and said it was his ‘opinion’ that the amendment passed and that the vote for censure failed. Both times he was proven wrong and by a very wide margin. It’s amazing how the rules allowed for that bastard to try and hijack the vote based on his ‘opinion’ when he was clearly lying both times.


15 posted on 12/02/2010 5:08:05 PM PST by South40 (If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. ~Thomas Paine)
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To: Revel

Ron Paul actually voted for the censure after he voted for the amendment


16 posted on 12/02/2010 5:08:39 PM PST by bjcoop
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To: Revel

Ron Paul is a loon and he proves it every time he opens his mouth.


17 posted on 12/02/2010 5:09:40 PM PST by South40 (If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. ~Thomas Paine)
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To: speciallybland

Charlie is lucky this didn’t happen in 2011 — they would’ve thrown the book at him as he deserves. This whole affair just shows that Charlie belongs to the privileged democrat class.


18 posted on 12/02/2010 5:11:57 PM PST by 353FMG (Soon, the peoples of the West will have to choose between ISLAM and their country.)
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To: speciallybland

Oh, the HORROR!! They’re going to send him a *GASP* STERNLY WORDED LETTER now, aren’t they?? OH THE HUGH MANATEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
/sarc


19 posted on 12/02/2010 5:13:17 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: speciallybland

Charles Rangel, who was in Korea............


20 posted on 12/02/2010 5:13:39 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: speciallybland

Punishing a crook is only wrenching when it comes to dems.


21 posted on 12/02/2010 5:16:52 PM PST by Carley (IT'S THREAT ANALYSIS, NOT RACIAL PROFILING)
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To: speciallybland

censure = joke


22 posted on 12/02/2010 5:17:58 PM PST by mreerm
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To: speciallybland

RODNEY KING! RODNEY KING!


23 posted on 12/02/2010 5:18:52 PM PST by 2dollarbill
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To: BerryDingle

Given Charlie’s exploits in Korea one would think he had a purple heart, bronze star, and a CMO as well.


24 posted on 12/02/2010 5:19:00 PM PST by Carley (IT'S THREAT ANALYSIS, NOT RACIAL PROFILING)
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To: Thank You Rush
Maxine Waters. I would prefer to see her censured and expelled....but I ‘m a day dreamer.

You won't hear any more about her, that subject was dropped by the gov't and the media like a hot potato.

25 posted on 12/02/2010 5:19:44 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: speciallybland

Give me a few million in graft, free housing and tax breaks and I’ll stand there and let them yell at me all they want. They can yell until they get tired of it, I’ll take my punishment.


26 posted on 12/02/2010 5:20:49 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: speciallybland

He should have been expelled.


27 posted on 12/02/2010 5:23:16 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: speciallybland
Boo-Effin-Hoo for Charlie. Had any of us, outside of the political class done what he did, we'd be in jail. Heck, they even locked up Wesley Snips!

recalled it was 60 years ago this week he had been wounded in the service of his country in Korea

Sorry Charlie, but just because you once served honorably doesn't give you pass when you become a scumbag... After all, wasn't Timothy McVeigh awarded the Bronze Star?

Mark

28 posted on 12/02/2010 5:43:21 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: South40

Have you never watched the proceedings on the floor of the house?

They ALWAYS ask for the yeas and nays. Then state their opinion and when someone ask for a recorded vote, they vote “electronically”.


29 posted on 12/02/2010 5:46:39 PM PST by crz
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To: speciallybland

In order to be judged by your life you must be dead, right?


30 posted on 12/02/2010 6:23:33 PM PST by Terry Mross
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To: speciallybland
With censure, Charles Rangel joins infamous list in history of Congress

Supporters, including many in the Congressional Black Caucus and New York delegation, backed that call. “Censure is an extremely severe penalty,” said Rep. Peter King (R) of New York, one of two Republicans to vote against censure. “Why are we being asked to reverse more than 200 years of tradition and precedent?”

House censures veteran Rep. Rangel for misconduct

A half-dozen members spoke in Rangel's defense, arguing a reprimand was appropriate. A handful of Democrats applauded after one of them, Republican Rep. Peter King of New York, backed Rangel.

Peter King can be a class act at times, but other times he's a RINO.

31 posted on 12/02/2010 8:11:50 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: crz
Ooooooh.... a CENSURE! Gosh, what could be worse than that?

If you or I did the same, Rangel would be pushing for jail, because we are rich and racist.

32 posted on 12/02/2010 8:42:34 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: speciallybland

What is the matter with Ron paul? He’s kind of demented..


33 posted on 12/02/2010 9:09:54 PM PST by Nonstatist
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To: speciallybland

Screw you, Charlie. Your ass should be in jail. Especially given your position as chairman of the House Ways and Means.

It’s like a cop getting a ticket for being busted for bribery.


34 posted on 12/03/2010 12:08:27 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (What's black and white and red all over? HINT: Think White House)
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To: speciallybland

That fat crook should be perp-walked out of the House in an orange jumpsuit, handcuffs and shackles.

When a man like that is re-elected overwhelmingly in his district as he was, you just have to shake your head in amazement that such people live in this country and, in fact, admire his corruptions. They are an even larger embarrassment than Rangel himself is.

And he was writing tax law. What a disgusting debacle.


35 posted on 12/03/2010 5:26:51 AM PST by ratsreek
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To: speciallybland

That fat crook should be perp-walked out of the House in an orange jumpsuit, handcuffs and shackles.

When a man like that is re-elected overwhelmingly by the voters in his district as he was, you just have to shake your head in amazement that such people live in this country and, in fact, admire his acts of corruption. They are an even larger embarrassment than Rangel himself is.

And he was writing tax law. What a disgusting debacle.


36 posted on 12/03/2010 5:26:53 AM PST by ratsreek
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To: speciallybland
This is just political theater. His constituents don't appear to care if he is corrupt. He will keep getting reelected. This costs him nothing.

He broke several laws. Prosecute him. He shouldn't be above the law just because he has been successfully scoffing at it for so long.

37 posted on 12/03/2010 5:35:06 AM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: ratsreek

It’s a shame, isn’t it, when you know that Charlie’s constituency votes solely by what their eyes see; color.
And the fact that this guy is chairs the Ways and Means comittee is a testament to the joke our Congress has become.
Charlie’s persistent denial of any wrongdoing in spite of the evidence should have inspired his peers to vote for expulsion.


38 posted on 12/03/2010 5:59:12 AM PST by La.daddyrabbit (Now that obama is in the spotlight, he's really showing his true color.)
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