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CNN Wire Staff
Washington (CNN) - Washington (CNN) - The House ethics committee voted 9-1 on Thursday to censure Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, in response to multiple rules violations committed by the 20-term congressman.
Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat and the committee's co-chairwoman, announced the recommendation around 6 p.m. Thursday, after a day of sometimes charged and emotional comments regarding how to penalize Rangel. She said that, in addition to the censure, Rangel would have to pay restitution for any unpaid taxes and report back to the committee.
Rangel's office refused to comment after the announcement, beyond saying in a statement, "the final decision on sanctions for violations of the House rules will be made by the full House of Representatives."
On Tuesday, an ethics subcommittee found "clear and convincing" evidence of Rangel's guilt on 11 counts, including failing to pay taxes on a home in the Dominican Republic, misuse of a rent-controlled apartment for political purposes, and improper use of his office to raise funds for a public policy center named for him.
The 80-year-old Rangel, re-elected earlier this month, was cleared of a charge relating to an alleged violation of the House gift ban. He had previously been forced to step down as head of the Ways and Means Committee because of the allegations against him.
Speaking earlier Thursday to the committee's five Democrats and five Republicans, Rangel pleaded for "a drop of fairness and mercy," in part out of recognition of his lengthy public service.
Updated: 7:34 p.m.
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