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Rangel Censure Debate Continues

Rangel Censure Debate Continues - The House engaged in an emotional debate over the censure resolution against one of its longest-serving members, Rep. Charlie Rangel, the final chapter in a long-running scandal that has severely tarnished the reputation of the New York Democrat.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the House ethics committee, read a lengthy list of violations committed by Rangel, who was the subject of a two-year ethics investigation into his personal finances. Rangel, a Korean War vet and member since 1970, was found guilty of 11 ethics violations on Nov. 16.

The scene on the House floor was a solemn one, as Rangel stood in the front of the House to hear the charges against him. Many lawmakers paid close attention to the proceedings, and a series of Rangel defenders came to the floor to defend him after the charges were read.

An effort to change the punishment from censure to a reprimand — a lesser punishment – failed on a 146-267 vote.

Rangel only gave a brief defense of himself, but he told an elaborate story about his time in the Korean war 60 years ago, where he fought in sub-zero temperatures on the battlefield and thought he might not survive.

Rangel said he spoke of his time in Korea "not for sympathy but to let you know that at that time in every sense I made up my mind that I could never complain to God for any event that occurred in my life and that I would dedicate my life in trying in some meaningful way to improve the quality of life for all Americans...."

Rangel Censure Debate Continues

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