Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel, facing an investigation by the House Ethics Committee, says he has decided to temporarily step down from his post as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Mr. Rangel made the announcement to reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, saying he would not answer any questions. He said, “I hope you don’t mind. I don’t take questions.”
He said that “from the very, very beginning, I had offered” to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to step down from the post.
He said he leaving “to avoid my colleagues having to defend me” during the campaign season.
Long-time Harlem Democrat Rep. Charles Rangel said yesterday that he’ll seek reelection, amid calls to resign. Rangel joined the House in 1970, and if he wins, he’ll serve out his 21st term, reports the Daily News. But despite his long record, peers have indicated they want him to step down, at least from his post on the House Ways and Means Committee, since an ethics panel found that he took a trip to the Caribbean paid for by corporate sponsors like AT&T. “Washington must be held to the highest ethical standards. Regrettably, with the finding of ethics violations, Charlie Rangel should step down from his leadership position,” said one Democrat, Rep. Paul Hodes from North Carolina. Continue reading
A fast-moving fire killed a woman on Sunday night at the Harlem apartment complex where Gov. Paterson and Rep. Charles Rangel live, fire officials said.
The 50-year-old victim was found in the bathroom of a 16th- floor flat in Lenox Terrace on W.132nd St. after firefighters quickly doused the blaze, which started at 10:45 p.m.
Paterson and Rangel live in different buildings in the complex.
The fire was not considered suspicious.
Meanwhile, a stubborn fire in a 22nd-floor apartment in Co-op City in the Bronx injured two elderly people, one critically.
Today the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed, S. 2949, legislation to provide crucial assistance to American survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. Following such events abroad, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) uses the Repatriation program to reimburse States for the costs necessary to provide temporary assistance for returning Americans including medical care, a flight home, and food assistance.
“As we help our friends in Haiti with their recovery efforts, we must not forget that the catastrophic earthquake also wreaked havoc on the lives of thousands of American citizens living in Haiti,” said Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY). “This bill helps these American survivors return home, receive the critical assistance they need, and begin to rebuild their lives.” Continue reading
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On the House floor during a debate over health care reform, he taunted a colleague who had been calling for his ouster. At a recent fund-raiser, he complained that the House speaker had made an end run around him and his committee. Confronted by a persistent conservative activist in a hallway, he let loose an expletive, telling the man to mind his own business.
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For decades, Harlem has been the lodestar of black politics in New York City and beyond. From Harlem came the city’s first black mayor, David N. Dinkins, the state’s first black governor, David A. Paterson, and generations of other influential black politicians and operatives. To Harlem went presidential aspirants and other future stars of the Democratic Party, eager to pay homage and seek blessings. Continue reading
Representative Charles B. Rangel of New York is increasingly in the spotlight these days and not just because he is in the thick of the health care debate as chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
Just as the health care fight heads to the floors of the House and Senate, Republicans are intensifying efforts to make Mr. Rangel a symbol of Democratic misconduct and institutional arrogance because of his belated disclosure of personal assets and other financial missteps.
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From Elbert Garcia from Congressman Rangel’s Office
Harlem Stimulus Package Update
More than 500 community leaders joined Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and close to two dozen high-ranking federal, state and city government on April 27 to discuss how to best access federal stimulus dollars.
“Today is special because we are providing you as non-profits with closer access to those Federal, State and City officials who are making those decisions and can answer any questions that you might have,” said Rangel, who hosted the summit on multiple floors of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Official Building (163 W. 125th Street)
Though reporters and constituents have followed the money to tie U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) along a string of controversies over the past year, he remains a fixture both in Washington and New York as his past credentials and ability to charm a crowd maintain Rangel’s political stature.
Last week, Rangel turned ahead to discuss the economic crisis and field questions from members of the local Broadway Democrats—some of his most loyal supporters. In his speech at Congregation Ramath Orah on Thursday evening, Rangel asserted that healthcare reform is progressing as planned, emphasized the importance of education, and frequently praised President Barack Obama.
“We support him 100 percent,” Broadway Democrats president Luis Roman said. “He has a nearly 40-year career of accomplishments in Washington and an incredible history of representing Harlem.” Continue reading
Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel is in trouble storing his old Mercedes Benz in a congressional garage for free. That’s against House of Representative rules.
The New York Post reported Thursday that the license on his 1972 car expired 4 years ago. Continue reading