Censuring RangelNovember 30, 2010 - by Donny Shaw
The House Ethic Committee ha released the official text of their resolution censuring Rep. Charles Rangel [D, NY-15] for the 11 counts of violating House rules that he has been found guilty of:
Resolved, That (1) Representative Charles B. Rangel of New York be censured; (2) Representative Charles B. Rangel forthwith present himself in the well of the House for the pronouncement of censure; (3) Representative Charles B. Rangel be censured with the public reading of this resolution by the Speaker; and (4) Representative Rangel pay restitution to the appropriate taxing authorities or the U.S. Treasury for any unpaid estimated taxes outlined in Exhibit 066 on income received from his property in the Dominican Republic and provide proof of payment to the Committee.
TPM: A vote on the motion could come at anytime. The censure is likely to take place in the coming days, probably without much warning (a courtesy to the member so as to limit media coverage).
Only 33 members of Congress have ever been censured, the most recent case in the House being in 1983 for a case involving sexual misconduct and House pages. For more historical info, see the OC Wiki on Expulsion and Censure.