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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.