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House floor votes are underway. As I noted this morning, GOP Rep. John Carter is set to introduce a resolution this afternoon to remove corruptocrat/tax cheat/race hustler Charlie Rangel from his chairmanship of the House Ways & Means Committee.
He tweets this afternoon: “About to introduce the Rangel Resolution on the House Floor. We’ll see what happens.”
Meanwhile, Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters mounts her best defense of her buddy Rangel: Congress is full of sleazoids as bad as Charlie!
Ok, she didn’t say sleazoids…but she might as well have:
“Many members” of Congress suffer from the same disclosure issues as Rep. Charles Rangel (D.N.Y.), one of his allies said Wednesday.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) downplayed the seriousness of allegations against Rangel that he failed to disclose sources of income and pay taxes on some properties, saying that many lawmakers suffer from innocent lapses in judgment when filing mandatory financial disclosure forms.
“I want to tell you, there are many members who, if you go back over all of their records, over all of the years, you’re going to find that there were disclosures that were not made,” Waters said during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday morning.
Birds of a feather indeed.
Update. 1:30pm Eastern.
As promised, GOP Rep. John Carter introduced his resolution to remove Rangel from his committee chairmanship. He read reams and reams of MSM articles blasting Rangel’s whitewashing and repeated disclosure lapses. The Democrats tried to interrupt him by challenging his floor privileges. Rep. Carter was allowed to finish speaking. The clerk then began reading the full text of the resolution into the record — which Democrats also tried and failed to prevent.
Then, Rangel’s Democrat CYA team introduced a motion to punt on the issue and instead refer the resolution to the Ethics Committee.
15-minute vote now underway.
Update. 1:48pm Eastern.
Rangel dodges the bullet again with a little help from his corruption-enabling friends.
Final vote tabling Carter’s resolution to remove Rangel from W&M chairmanship: 243-156. 19 voted present. 3 REPUBLICANS joined the Democrats. Will post roll call vote as soon as it is up.
Here you go: The 3 Repubs who joined Ds to table remove Rangel resolution: King (NY), Rohrbacher & Young (AK).