House Democrats easily turned aside Republicans half-hearted effort to tar Democrats with questions of ethical lapses Thursday.
On Thursday afternoon, they handily defeated, 254 to 138, a resolution to censure powerful House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) that had been drafted by Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). Voting present were 34 members.
In a floor speech before the vote, Rangel noted that while there is no one in this House more thick-skinned when playing politics, the attacks on his reputation based on news reports were unfair.
Theres no reason for Republicans or Democrats to do that to each other based on a newspaper story, Rangel said.
The resolution cited news reports questioning Rangels use of rent-controlled apartments in New York that are owned by a powerful developer.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.