The House voted 246-153 to refer a GOP privileged resolution (H Res 805) to the Ethics Committee. The resolution was aimed at forcing out New York Democrat Charlie Rangel as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee until completion of an investigation into his shady financial dealings. The vote effectively killed the resolution, though the Ethics Committee voted Thursday to expand the probe to look into Rangel’s failure to report $500,000 in assets on financial disclosure forms — a minor oversight.
Rep. John Carter (R-TX) sponsored the resolution, saying, “We cannot tolerate a double standard in this country, one for the common man and another for the rich and powerful. To allow Mr. Rangel to continue to serve as chairman … sends a clear message to the American public that this government refuses to abide by the same laws they impose on the working people of this country.” Leave it to Democrats to circle the wagons around another scofflaw. And so much for Nancy Pelosi’s raving back in 2006 about the “culture of corruption.”