House Of Representatives Votes To Censure Congressman Charlie Rangel
For the first time in 27 years, the House has voted to censure one of its members.
The 333-79 vote matches the recommendation of the House Ethics Committee, which found in its investigation that Rangel was guilty of 11 violations of House rules, including failure to declare rental income from a Dominican Republic villa, improper solicitation of donations on congressional letterhead and misuse of a rent-controlled Harlem apartment as a campaign office.
Before the vote, Rangel pleaded:
“I have made serious mistakes. I do believe rules are made to be enforced. I do believe that we in Congress have a higher responsibility than most people,” he said. “But if you’re breaking new ground, I ask for fairness.”
Censure is the stiffest penalty a member can face short of expulsion. Other Democrats argued that Republicans had been reprimanded for more severe violations, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.Click here for reuse options!
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