WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans have failed for a third time to oust Rep. Charles Rangel as chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
Despite the expected defeat Wednesday, the GOP did keep the spotlight on the New York Democrat's ethical problems, although the matter will be turned over to the House ethics committee for a long-term investigation. The House voted 246-153 to refer the resolution to remove him to that panel in a partisan vote that had no meaning except to revisit Rangel's problems.
The Harlem congressman is faced with allegations of financial improprieties, including failure to pay taxes on investment income and neglecting to report assets and income on his congressional financial disclosure forms.
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Until Democrats can clean house, they risk becoming branded as the party of hypocrisy and corruption. Charlie Rangel leased 4 rent controlled apartments to use as an office, a felony under NYC legal code. He failed to reveal what appears, now, to be several million dollars in income, didn't pay taxes on that income, and yet, Mrs. Pelosi has refused to removed him from the House Ways and Means Committee. That is the committee formulates tax law...imagine that, a tax cheat in charge of that committee...then again, why not? The Secretary of the Treasury is a tax cheat too.