Thursday, January 8, 2009

Where Is the Ethics Report on Charles Rangel?

Amanda Carpenter at Town Hall brought up a good point yesterday.

Where is that ethics report on Charlie Rangel Speaker Pelosi promised to deliver on January 3rd? Apparently, it never got finished because the Democrats couldn't find any one willing to serve as Chairman of the committee, according to The Hill. Gee, that's convenient...Meanwhile, Rangel, who is under a cloud of suspicion for evading taxes among other things, continues to chair one of the most powerful committees in Congress, Ways & Means, which is the ONLY body constitutionally empowered to raise taxes.

Republicans had asked Mr. Rangel to step down last September.

Speaker Pelosi's initial response was in defense of Rangel, whom she called "a very distinguished member of the House of Representatives".

Less than a week later, Speaker Pelosi quietly asked Rangel to step aside.

In November, Pelosi said a House Ethics Committee report would be finished and released by January 3rd.

But then in early December, Pelosi said that she "I don't foresee" him losing his post.

Rangel continues his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee in the new, 111th Congress.

And where is the report now Madame Speaker?

Contact Rangel use zip code 10027.

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