House Takes Up Debate on Whether to Censure New York's Rangel Over Ethics

The U.S. House began its debate today on whether to censure Democratic Representative Charles Rangel of New York for ethics violations, including soliciting donations for an academic center bearing his name and failing to fully pay his income taxes.

Under a censure, Rangel will stand on the House floor as Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, reads the resolution outlining his violations. A censure will be a blemish on Rangel’s 40-year record in the House, though it won’t keep him from continuing to serve. He was re-elected Nov. 2 to a 21st term, winning 80 percent of the vote in his Harlem-based district.

The House ethics committee voted Nov. 18 to recommend that Rangel be censured and directed to pay back taxes on rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic.

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