Carter to Introduce Third Resolution to Strip Rangel’s Gavel

Posted March 1, 2010 at 11:35am

House Republican Conference Secretary John Carter (Texas) will introduce a resolution this week calling for embattled Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) to relinquish his gavel until the ethics committee completes its investigation into the New York Democrat’s personal finances.

John Stone, a spokesman for Carter, said that his boss hopes to file the resolution by Tuesday and that a vote on it could come as early as Wednesday. Rangel was admonished by the ethics committee, formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, last week for taking part in a Caribbean trip that was sponsored by corporate interests. The ethics committee is continuing a separate inquiry into Rangel’s personal finances as well as his fundraising efforts for a New York City college center that bears his name.

Carter’s resolution this week will be his third attempt to force the Ways and Means chairman from his powerful perch.

Stone said Carter expects broader support from Democrats this time.

Jennifer Yachnin contributed to this report.