GOP to Offer Another Rangel Resolution

Posted September 30, 2009 at 11:01am

Updated: 1:41 p.m.House Republicans next week will again try to strip embattled Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) of his gavel. Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) will re-introduce the privileged resolution that instructs Rangel to step aside as Ways and Means chairman until the ethics committee completes its investigation into irregularities in Rangel’s personal finances.Carter told Roll Call on Wednesday that the timing of the resolution was still being worked out, but he expected to introduce it early next week. A similar Carter resolution was killed in February when Democrats voted to table the legislation. Carter said he would like to see the resolution get an up-or-down vote. On Sept. 4, Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) sent a letter to Rangel asking that he step aside while the ethics panel, formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, works through its investigation. Boehner’s letter came days after reports surfaced that Rangel failed to disclose $600,000 in assets as well as tens of thousands of dollars in income on his 2007 financial disclosure forms.Rangel has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and requested the ethics committee probe into his finances.“Congress has a comprehensive, bipartisan process for reviewing any allegations made against a Member — the House ethics committee. Chairman Rangel himself initiated the request for the committee to review the allegations made against him,— said Elbert Garcia, Rangel’s New York spokesman. “Any action to prejudge the outcome of that bipartisan process would unfairly undermine the work of the ethics committee.—The ethics committee is looking into four specific allegations against Rangel, including his lease of multiple rent-controlled apartments in Harlem, N.Y., his use of a House parking spot for long-term vehicle storage and his failure to report or pay taxes on rental income from a villa that he owns in the Dominican Republic.