December 1st, 2010
04:15 PM ET

House to vote on Rangel censure

Deirdre Walsh and Brianna Keilar

Washington (CNN) – The full House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on the House ethics committee's recommendation to censure New York Democratic Rep Charles Rangel.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who handles the House floor schedule, told reporters Wednesday that he informed Rangel and Rep Zoe Lofgren, the chair of the ethics committee, that the committee's report would be considered Thursday afternoon.

After a lengthy investigation, the House ethics committee found Rangel guilty on 11 counts of violating House rules, including failing to pay taxes on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic and improperly using his office to raise money for an educational center bearing his name. On November 18th the committee voted 9-1 to recommend that the House censure Rangel and that he pay restitution for any unpaid taxes. The committee's rules require that its report be presented to the House for a vote.

In addition to a formal House vote, censure also requires that Rangel stand in the well of the House as the resolution rebuking his actions is read aloud by the Speaker of the House. The House has one hour to debate the report from the committee before it votes.

Rangel reached out to his supporters in an email on Wednesday apologizing for his actions, but calling the penalty excessive and asking supporters to call House Members and urge them to oppose the censure resolution.

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  1. Cindy Bowen

    My husbands business partners walked out on him in 2005. The IRS has 3 liens on our home, so
    we can't get a loan to pay the $80,000 dollars.
    So at 55 and 56 my husband an engineer and myself an ICU nurse work 2 full-time jobs to pay the IRS $2,500 per month. Our son is now a navy seal. Has served his country for 6 years. We do whats right, raised our children to serve. But this added burden of $80,000, will truely kill us. As a US citizen Rangel can just say "sorry"? Well our government is killing this familly.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:14 pm |