Republican who were seeking the removal of Charles Rangel(D-NY) suffered a defeat on Wednesday on partisan lines. The bill was tabled by a vote 243-146. The resolution by Representative John Carter(R-TX) seek to hold The chair of the House Way and Means committee steps down after he forgets the income in his income tax filing, not paying tax on the Home in the Dominican Republic. Owning four rent controlled apartments in Harlem in New York City and more.
“We cannot tolerate a double standard in this country, one for the common man and another for the rich and powerful,” Carter said in a press release this morning. “To allow Mr. Rangel to continue to serve as Chairman of the very committee with IRS oversight, without paying a nickel in penalties, and with no end in sight to his ethics investigation, 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.”
After the defeat House Minority Leader John Bohener released this statement:
“Today’s vote is just the latest example of Speaker Pelosi breaking her promise to have the most ‘open and ethical’ Congress in history. Instead of holding Chairman Rangel accountable for his actions, House Democrats are once again circling the wagons and demonstrating their loyalty to a leader who faces serious questions about his official conduct.
“In public service, there is a time to put the interests of the American people before your own, and for Chairman Rangel, this should be one of those times. With an economic recession causing millions of Americans to lose their jobs, it is not in our nation’s best interest to have the chairman of the House’s powerful tax-writing committee under investigation for running afoul of tax laws. The American people deserve better.”