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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Hoyer: Vote on Charlie Rangel sanction slated for Thursday

By Felicia Sonmez

The House will vote Thursday on what level of sanction to administer to beleaguered Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday.

Hoyer told reporters at his weekly pen-and-pad briefing that he has spoken with Rangel and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, and that he expects a vote on the committee's report to come up Thursday afternoon.

The decision facing Rangel's House colleagues will be whether to censure the former Ways and Means Committee chairman, which would deal him an in-person scolding, or to reprimand him, which would amount to a scolding in writing. Rangel strongly prefers the latter, as it would save him the embarrassment of a public rebuke in front of his peers.

In an email message Wednesday morning, Rangel urged his supporters to call lawmakers and push them to vote against the censure resolution.

"I have spent my entire life standing up for those in need and now I am asking that you please stand with me in this hour of need," Rangel wrote.

Hoyer, meanwhile, said that he would wait to hear the committee's report and the debate on the House floor before deciding on the appropriate punishment for Rangel. He added that he has confidence in the ethics committee despite the suspension of two of its attorneys related to missteps in the trial of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), though he conceded that the matter "raises concerns that ought to be looked at."

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 1, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
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See, congress CAN act quickly on something.

They've managed to expedite the crap out of this, now that they know there's a chance that Rangel could face penalties from the next Congress.

The very LEAST they could do would be to censure Rangel.

Posted by: postfan1 | December 1, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

See, congress CAN act quickly on something.

They've managed to expedite the crap out of this, now that they know there's a chance that Rangel could face penalties from the next Congress.

The very LEAST they could do would be to censure Rangel.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou407 | December 1, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

let the next congress sentence rangel...

Posted by: DwightCollins | December 1, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

"Why can't the justice department prosecute this crook? After all, it's their job, not Congress."

Becasue without the propaganda, there is nothing to peosecute.

There is no there there.

Check out what Ben Stein said on "Sunday Morning" on CBS.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | December 1, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the justice department prosecute this crook? After all, it's their job, not Congress.

Posted by: citigreg | December 1, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Somehow, this didn't turn out to be a decision for the courts.

Posted by: gpsman | December 1, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Since they won't administer any punishment other than a rebuke, the LEAST they can do is censure Rangel.

A public rebuke is required.

Otherwise, Rangel won't even admit to any wrong doing, and this will get swept under the rug. Rangel already managed to scrub the public hearing from CSPAN by walking out, after which the committee met behind closed doors to discuss their recommended sanctions.

Congress, if you can't punish the guy, the least you can do is rebuke him in public.

Otherwise, we're going to think you're spineless.

Posted by: postfan1 | December 1, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

business as usual. charlie knows where the bodies are. this crook should after 50 years.turn this over to the wiki traitors and air it out.wont happen

Posted by: pofinpa | December 1, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Corrupt Congress wrist slapping yet another corrupt Congressman with a wink and a nudge. Disgusting and offensive to all taxpayers. Of course Harlem doesn't care they sent this piece of crap back to Washington knowing he was corrupt.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | December 1, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

By bet - noting more than a slap on the wrist from Rangels fellow crooks. The only difference between Rangel and his democrat colleagues - they haven't been caught yet.

Posted by: NO-bama | December 1, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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