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.
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.