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Quote from : Wikipedia : Senator Charles B. Rangel
Charles Bernard "Charlie" Rangel is an American politician.
He has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1971, representing the Fifteenth Congressional District of New York, and is the most senior member of that state's congressional delegation.
He is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
In January 2007, Rangel became chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, the first African-American to do so.
Rangel was born in Harlem in New York City and had a somewhat troubled childhood.
He earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in the United States Army during the Korean War, where he led a group of soldiers out of a deadly Chinese Army encirclement during the Battle of Kunu-ri in 1950.
Rangel graduated from New York University in 1957 and St. John's University School of Law in 1960, then worked as a private lawyer, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and legal counsel during the early-mid 1960s.
He served two terms in the New York State Assembly from 1967 to 1970, then defeated longtime incumbent Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in a primary challenge on his way to being elected to the House of Representatives.
Quote from : Wikipedia : Universal National Service Act
The Universal National Service Act is the name of at least four bills proposed in the United States Congress (in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2010).
The Universal National Service Act of 2007 is primarily sponsored by Congressman Charles Rangel of New York.
Advocates for National Service include Senator Chris Dodd, Professor and A More Perfect Constitution author Larry J. Sabato, and Time magazine Editor Rick Stengel.
Quote from : Wikipedia : United States House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct
The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, often known simply as the Ethics Committee, is one of the committees of the United States House of Representatives.
Quote from : Wikipedia : United States House Committee on Ways and Means
The Committee of Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee of the United States House of Representatives.
Members of the Ways and Means Committee cannot serve on any other House Committees, though they can apply for a waiver from their party's congressional leadership.
The Committee has jurisdiction over all taxation, tariffs and other revenue-raising measures, as well as a number of other programs including:
* Social Security
* Unemployment benefits
* Enforcement of child support laws
* Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a federal welfare program
* Foster care and adoption programs
The U.S. Constitution requires that all bills regarding taxation must originate in the House of Representatives.
Since House procedure is that all bills regarding taxation must go through this committee, the committee is very influential, as is its Senate counterpart, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
The Ways and Means Committee in the 111th Congress was chaired by Charlie Rangel, who has taken a leave of absence as chairman until House ethics violations have been resolved.
Pete Stark resigned as acting chairman, so Sander Levin holds that position until Rangel resumes the chair or the Congress ends.
Originally posted by tetrahedron
I hope that scumbag rots in jail, his estate expropriated, his children penniless and all his K street friends out a substantial percentage of their lucre.
The Democrats are offering up a sacrificial lamb to appease the gods, a.k.a. the people of the USA.
I predict a deal will be struck. Neither party wants race brought into the investigation. Now I wonder when they (ethics committee) will go after all the other Charlie Rangels in Congress.
After the story broke, Rangel promptly moved the office  from his apartment and filed an ethics complaint against himself.
This time, the Washington Post reported that Rangel had used congressional stationery  to solicit funds  for his personal foundation from companies with business before his committee. In response, Rangel filed another ethics complaint  ($) against himself. Rangel's foundation, the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service, garnered the nickname "Monument to Me" last year after he secured a $1.9 million earmark  for it.
WASHINGTON — A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could face an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the election outlook for the party as it battles to retain its majority.
People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about charges before they are made public, say the allegations could be announced next week. The House ethics committee declined Friday to make any public statement on the matter.
WASHINGTON -- When Rep. Barney Frank was looking to aid a Boston-based lender last fall, the Massachusetts Democrat urged Maxine Waters, a colleague on the House Financial Services Committee, to "stay out of it," he says.
The reason: Ms. Waters, a longtime congresswoman from California, had close ties to the minority-owned institution, OneUnited Bank.
“It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”