GOP Fails to Force Rangel to Step Down

Posted September 18, 2008 at 2:37pm

House Republicans forced a vote Thursday on a bid aimed at jump-starting the probe of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) for his handling of his personal finances. The resolution was tabled on a 226-176 vote, with 11 Members voting present.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) offered the privileged resolution that called for the creation of a House ethics subcommittee in the next 10 days to investigate Rangel’s finances.

It also called on Rangel to step down as Ways and Means chairman during an investigation into his failure to pay taxes on his villa.

Five Republicans sided with Democrats in opposing the resolution. They were Reps. Jim Ramstad (Minn.), Ron Paul (Texas), Wayne Gilchrest (Md.), Walter Jones Jr. (N.C.). and Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.).