December 2nd, 2010
06:29 PM ET

House censures Rangel

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CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives censured veteran New York Rep. Charlie Rangel on Thursday - a stunning downfall for a congressman once considered one of the most powerful members of Congress.

The 333-79 vote required Rangel to stand in the well of the House as a formal censure resolution was read aloud by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California.

The House ethics committee recently recently found the 20-term Harlem Democrat 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 18, 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.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Phil E.

    Censure? You've got to be kidding. The facts are in and the man is guilty - including breach of trust. Why is the House reluctant to expel him? Are they afraid their own unsavory actions will be discovered. Why aren't Rangel's own constituents demanding his removal? I certainly would not want that type of man supposedly representing me. Kick the bum out! Make him an example.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:31 am |
  2. charles welch

    Not a fan of charlie rangel but i am tired of hearing you says 2 many times to mention that rent stablized apts are for low income people. You are wrong. You live in NY, are you that detacthed from from day to day life in NYC !!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  3. Katja in Tampa, Florida

    Rangel is so full of crap, but he gets to keep his job. There is something terribly wrong with that. But that's American politics, right?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    How embarrassing and humiliating for Rangel and uncomfortable for his co-workers. Hopefully, it will serve as a reminder to others not to do the same.

    December 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm |
  5. Jim

    Yep, Slap His Wrist- if i did those things I would have been locked up & the key thrown away.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:51 pm |