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:
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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.
Congress Links for Thursday, July 29th - to be continually updated over the day. Senate Democrats call for fillibuster reform. (CBS News) Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) faces ethics charges around 1pm ET today: latest news and blog coverage on him from around the Web, aggregated here on OC. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee unsure if hearing over New Start arms treaty with Russia will occur. (NY Times, and Associated Press). Congress passed S. 1789 -Fair Sentencing ...Read Full Article
Rep. Charles Rangel [D, NY-15] Democrat, one of the most powerful Democrats in the House, announced this morning that he is temporarily stepping down from his role as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The House ethics committee last week found him to have violated House ethics rules in 2007 by accepting travel from corporations that employ lobbyists.Read Full Article
The powerful House Ways and Rep. Charles Rangel [D, NY-15] is a great example. For the past year or so, he's been tied up in some really ugly ethics investigations. Yesterday, he was found to have violated House ethics rules by accepting paid vacations from corporations that employ lobbyists. But look at his approval numbers -- only 12.9% nationally approve of the job he's doing, while a full 67% of New Yorkers approve.Read Full Article
If Senate Democrats can round up 50 votes to pass three changes to their bill using a filibuster-proof procedure, there appears to be a clear path forward for the Democrats to finish up health care reform and get their bill signed into law.Read Full Article
The White House, congressional Dems and labor leaders appear to have struck a deal to raise the threshold for which high-cost health care plans will be taxed to pay for health care reform. Unions were aiming to exempt "collectively bargained" plans from the tax altogether.Read Full Article