No Rangel Amendment This Year

Saturday, July 24, 2010
Every Congressional cycle, U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York presents an amendment to an Appropriations bill, or some other legislation, seeking to unconditionally lift sanctions towards the Castro regime in Cuba.

Let us be very clear -- we don't wish ill upon any democratically-elected Member of Congress and strongly believe that every person is innocent unless proven otherwise.

However, it does seem that -- at the very least -- Congressman Rangel will be busy for the rest of the year.

According to The Washington Post:

Rep. Charles Rangel broke ethics rules, House panel finds

A House ethics subcommittee announced Thursday that it found that Rep. Charles B. Rangel violated congressional ethics rules and that it will prepare for a trial, probably beginning in September. The panel is expected to make the details of his alleged violations public next Thursday.

Rangel (D-N.Y.) has been under the House ethics committee's microscope since early 2008 after it was reported that he may have used his House position to benefit his financial interests. Two of the most serious inquiries have focused on Rangel's failure to declare $239,000 to $831,000 in assets on his disclosure forms, and on his effort to raise money for a private center named after him at City College of New York using his congressional letterhead.

In March, Rangel reluctantly stepped down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee -- a week after the ethics panel ruled in a separate case that he had broken congressional gift rules by accepting trips to conferences in the Caribbean that were financed by corporate interests. The panel said that, at a minimum, Rangel's staff knew about the corporate backing for the 2007 and 2008 trips -- and that the congressman was therefore responsible.