The House is set to vote Thursday on whether to censure Rep. Charlie Rangel over his violation of multiple House rules, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday.
The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct voted Nov. 18 to recommend censure — a lecture on the House floor that is the chamber’s most stringent form of punishment with the exception of expulsion — as punishment for the New York Democrat for his repeated violations of House rules.
“I expect the report of the ethics committee to come up Thursday afternoon,” Hoyer said Wednesday morning.
Rangel has mounted a full-scale campaign to persuade his House colleagues to reduce the punishment to a reprimand, which would still require a House vote but would not include a public lecture for the senior Democrat.
Rangel was found to have misused federal resources to solicit donations for a City College of New York center named in his honor, used a rent-stabilized apartment for his campaign office, failed to pay taxes on a villa in the Dominican Republic and filed inaccurate financial disclosure forms.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.