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Ethics Panel to Get New Chair, Rangel Complaint

Three weeks after the death of Committee on Standards of Official Conduct Chairwoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio), the panel is set to get a new chairman and a fresh self-filed complaint against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) plans to name Rep. Gene Green (Tex.), now the most senior Democrat on the ethics panel, to serve as chairman for the remaining weeks of the 110th Congress, according to a Democratic source.

He will take over a committee that is already considering two requests by Rangel for investigations of himself, one on his use of four rent-stabilized apartments in New York, and the other for his use of official letterhead to arrange meetings with potential donors to an educational center bearing his name.

Rangel now faces a fresh set of questions regarding his admitted failure to report, both to the IRS and on his House financial disclosure forms, rental income he earned on a resort villa he owns in the Dominican Republic. Rangel is expected to ask the ethics committee to probe this issue too, and he reportedly will hold a press conference Wednesday to discuss the resort villa issue.

Republicans have been having a field day with Rangel's problems, following his name with (D-Punta Cana) in press releases and calling on Democrats who have received campaign cash from the New Yorker to return it. (As an aside, the "return the tainted money" move is extremely common but rarely accomplishes much, especially since both parties have so many members the other side can target with this tactic.)

Today, House Republican leaders escalated their crusade by penning a letter to Pelosi calling on her to prod or force Rangel to step down from his chairmanship of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Capitol Briefing can think of no recent precedent for a chairman or leader stepping down from his or her post absent a federal investigation or an official sanction from the ethics panel. The mere fact of an ethics committee probe has not forced anyone to step down from such a post.

Still, it's clear that Republicans will keep hammering away at Rangel during the closing days of this session. What's less clear is whether the ethics panel actually has time to consider all of these separate Rangel issues before the House leaves town again at the end of this month. Otherwise, unless there is a lengthy lame-duck session after Election Day, a resolution will have to wait until the 111th Congress.

By Ben Pershing  |  September 9, 2008; 6:40 PM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Let them hammer all they want. This is not an issue that will gain any traction with the electorate, especially since Rangel called for the investigation himself. All of them know that, once the investigation is finished and the dust settles (that is, the election is over), everyone will have forgotten about it. Perhaps the ones still calling for Rangel's resignation can convene a therapy session with Ted Stevens--or better yet, join Joe Lieberman for lunch to vent.

Posted by: dch | September 9, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Remember why the R's lost control of the Congress two years ago - scandal; add the PA legislative brouhaha, Gov. Spitzer, Charlie Rangel, Rev. Wright, and whatever else is still to develop, and the D's should be nervous. Guys, NJ is now considered a toss up in some polls!

Posted by: JBP | September 10, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Even if Rangel was going to Investigate Himself, don't you think this is akin to hiring a Fox To Guard the Henhouse?? What a Joke is Rangel and the Rest of This Gang of Liberal Democrats who have morally, intellectually and finally, now, Ecnonomically Bankrupted the United States, and as another poster added, Who Cares, After this election, nobody will remember this article or this Fraud by Rangel anyway. And the Band Plays On. The only thing on the Democrat Socialists Plate Right Now is Trying To Get Their Hand Puppet Obama Elected so that they can continue business as usual without Fear of a Veto by their Puppet Obama.

Posted by: JGREYH960 | September 10, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Michigan Representatives have no ethics and allow felony Hospital Dumping in Michigan, which is a felony to allow T18CFR286CRIME.
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House ethics rules are very broad and provide that any Member, Officer or Staff shall conduct themselves “in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” Other ethics clauses Require Any Person in the Government to “Expose Corruption wherever Discovered.” These are solemn obligations to ensure that members of Congress and Staff will preserve the integrity and dignity of the institution and Expose Wrongdoing.
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CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR ACTS INVOLVING FEDERAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS SEC. 1128B. [42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b]
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Subj: Re: Health Alliance ( Hospital ) Insurance Fraud - DHHS T42CFR417.1 adverse determination Anti-dumping violation
Date: 2/21/2003 5:07:41 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: senator@stabenow.senate.gov (Senator Debbie Stabenow) D-MI
To: kstbylite1@aol.com
February 21, 2003
Thank you . . .
. . for contacting me about [ OPM FEHBP Hospital ] insurance & [ HCFA State OFIS Medicaid kickback ] fraud committed by [ Federal HMO ] Health Alliance Plan. I appreciate that you have taken the time to communicate your views and concerns with me. ( T18CFR1518 Obstruction of justice ). I understand your concern about this issue. Should related legislation ( medicare drug plan - November 2003 ) come before the U.S. Senate for a vote, I will keep your views in mind,
and share your thoughts on this issue with my colleagues who serve on the
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to contact me
whenever I can be of assistance to you or your family.
Sincerely,
Debbie Stabenow D-MI
United States Senator ~ Federal Budget Committee ~ Illegal immunity 1998 U.S. Attorney General and DHHS OIG Volentary Disclousure Program T18CFR371CRIME 1996 HIPAA Violation.
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1999 OPM FEHBP - Federal HMO Hospital Service Contract Provider - ABOVE THE LAW
Health Alliance Plan Detroit ( Region 5 HCFA ) MI
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According to the Detroit News, Between 1999 & 2001 Michigan's Medicaid clientele ballooned [ DHHS T42sec417.1 induced forfiture of existing T42CFR409.33 federal hospital insurance benefits, to force illegal HCFA Medicaid OFIS kickback conversions ] to 1.25 million from 1 million, at a cost of approximately $6,000 on EACH Medicaid Reciepent. The Detroit News stated according to Paul Rienhart " a Medicaid Expert " in The State Budget Office of Michigan, says
[ OFIS illegal agreement HCFA Region 5 CMS & U.S. Attorneys ] Medicaid consumed 8% of Michigan's General Funds in 1998.
[ OFIS illegal agreement HCFA Region 5 CMS & U.S. Attorneys ] Medicaid will consume 32 % of the General Fund budget by 2004.
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1998 VOLENTARY DISCLOUSURE PROGRAM: Defrauding Federal And Public Trust Fund Accounts with respect to Federal T42CFR409.33 Health Insurance Claims T18CFR371CRIME.
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Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subj: Re: Your Concerns
Date: 3/26/2007 1:16:37 PM Central Standard Time
From: senator_levin@levin.senate.gov
To: JustmyOpnion@aol.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)
Dear Mrs. Kimball:
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me regarding HMO [ Hospital ] dumping. I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind should this issue come before the Senate.
Best wishes.
Sincerely,
Carl Levin D-MI
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1996 HIPAA Violation - 1998 U.S. Attorney General and DHHS OIG ~ Volentary Disclousure Program
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(1) the Number of Accounts
1. Federal Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund Account
2. Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Account
3. Federal Employee Retirement Trust Fund Account
4. MICHIGAN / OHIO General Trust Fund Account et al .....
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2007 -- H.R. 3199 - USA PATRIOT Conference Report (Sensenbrenner - Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule) (Sec. 4) Requires the ATTORNEY GENERAL, on an ANNUAL BASIS [ ILLEGAL IMMUNITY ], to submit to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees a report containing: (1) the Number of Accounts from which the Department of Justice (DOJ) has received VOLENTARY DISCLOUSURES [ 1998 DHHS OIG T42CFR417.1 misprison of felony T18CFR24Crimes ] of customer communications or records under provisions authorizing disclosure of the contents of electronic communications in Emergencies [ Federal Hospital Insurance Services ] INVOLVING IMMEDIATE DANGER OF DEATH OR SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY [ T42CFR417.1 DHHS Employee adverse determination: Anti-dumping Violation ]; and (2) a summary of the basis for voluntary disclosures to DOJ where the pertinent investigation was CLOSED WITHOUT the filing of CRIMINAL CHARGES ( 42CFR438.704 misprison of felony T18CFR286CRIMES: ALLOWING OIG & U.S. Attorneys to conduct Federal HMO Hospital Insurance & HCFA State Medicaid kickback fraud, against American Citizens - COLOR of LAW: illegal kickback conversions - Anti-Dumping Violations Public Fraud ) Contact - THOMAS (Library of Congress)
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Immunity = Above the Law ~ RICO ~ Cloture Motion; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 - Vote Agreed to (80-15, 5 Not Voting) The Senate voted to take up this bill that would REWRITE electronic surveillance LAWS and GIVE legal IMMUNITY to telecommunication companies that provided intelligence-gatherers with customer information.
Sen. Carl Levin D-Michigan voted YES ~ Homeland Security & Gov Affairs
Sen. Debbie Stabenow D-Michigan voted YES ~ Federal Budget Committee
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Sincerely,
All ENTITLED Federal Employee Health Beneficiaries & the General Public who are being criminally denied DHHS T42CFR417.1 Existing ( Federal \ State \ Private ) HMO Health Insurance Coverage, illegally billed for HMO denied covered claims and forced into HCFA State Medicaid Programs for the POOR. Title18CFR1001Crime. Kimberly Kimball MICHIGAN
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Posted by: Kimberly Kimball | September 10, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

LORDY, LORDY, LORDY
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Medicare and Medicaid are Federal Health Insurance Programs that were created to assist Individuals, some need to overcome drug problems ( Perscription and illegal ) to become productive citizens ~ DENIAL of Federal Assistance ~ is just more fraud and abuse against American Citizens, who are being TARGETED for denial of Public Services. It creates poor, homelessness, and all kinds unhealthy conditions that affect American Citizens \Taxpayers. Senator Stabenow is a Michigan Senator (Democrat), currently involved with T18CFR286CRIME State Medicaid kickback fraud and abuse against Federal Beneficiaries in the State of Michigan. DHHS T42CFR417.1 and OPM T5CFR890.105 Denial of Covered Claims ~ Federal HMO ~ Managed Care Government Grievance Procedures. 1996 HIPAA Violation ~ 1998 U.S.Attorney General and Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General VOLENTARY DISCLOUSURE Program: used to defraud Entitled Individuals and Federal Health Care Programs with respect to T42CFR409.33 Claims ~ Anti-dumping and Anti-kickback Violations.

From: senator@stabenow.senate.gov
To: justmyopnion@aol.com
Sent: 9/9/2008 4:49:15 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: No, Oppose Drug testing to Receive Federal Assistance
September 9, 2008
Kimberly Kimball
Kenockee, MI 48006
Thank you . . .
. . for contacting me regarding drug-testing recipients of government benefits. I understand your concerns.
In the 1996 welfare reform bill, Congress authorized states to test welfare recipients for drug use. Since most assistance programs are run by state governments, it is up to the states to implement these kinds of tests.
If you have not already done so, I urge you to contact your State Representative and State Senator. If you need assistance in finding the name and address of your state legislators, you may contact your local clerk's office or go to the State of Michigan website at www.michigan.gov, which has links to the Michigan Legislature. I will keep your views in mind if any related legislation comes before me in the U.S. Senate.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.
Sincerely,
Debbie Stabenow
United States Senator
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SHESH we need some Law Enforcement here in Michigan really bad 1996 HIPAA Violations

Posted by: Kimberly Kimball | September 10, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The Rush Limbaugh parrots - keep calling the Democrats socialists - perhaps they don't ever want to learn to read and write or get a good paying job - and also - don't want unemployment benefits or minimum wages or pension benefits or social security when they retire.
Unfortunately these Limbaugh clones should try living in a third world country first - where people get none of these things - then let's see who is for socialism and who is not??

Posted by: wendy | September 11, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Say Wendy. Socialism: a stage of society in Marxist and Democrat theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done are not done. IT IS WHAT IT IS

Posted by: xthat | September 13, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh my my so once again Big Shot Democrat
Culture of Corruption Charter Member Congressman Charlie Rangel,the king of
subsidized apartment rentals for himself
Rangel corruption keeps catching up with
him,just as did LA Congressman William
"Cold Cash" Jefferson,and that crooked,
phony lying black Mayor of Detroits Lies
did as well. And as does,even bigger lies
come spewing out of Liar Fake Messiah Empty
Suit Barack Hussein Obama's lying big mouth
as well. So why are all black Democrats
such liars and corrupt once they get into
politics and join the Democrat Culture of
Corruption or is it,just that Madame Speaker Nutty Nancy Pelosi and Hopeless
Harry Reid and Howard Dean enable them to
do so,as they fear the black voters would
rebel if a Black Democrat was ever expelled
from Congress for lies and corruption?

Posted by: Sherry Kay 2004 | September 15, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Canadian Health&Care Mall started as a multistore based in Toronto and Ottawa in early 90s. Health&Care chain store system has been growing from year to year and finally has resulted in the current online project, as a result of operating not just as a family pharmacy but also as a store of so-called "useful things" . We tried to obtain the benefit from our previous experience and to create a really competing online resource for absolutely any customer. Though the idea is standard you may be absolutely sure that the filling is unique and has no analogues all over the Internet. We would like to admit that our online store is operating independently from the offline store system.

http://www.qweymurlu.com

Posted by: Health&Care Mall | September 16, 2008 3:50 AM | Report abuse

Dch,
Are you in Disneyland? Rangel initiated the investigation himself. Please! Where do you live? I am in his District here in Manhattan, NY. He is a criminal scumbag! Do you have any idea how much an apt cost here in NY, NY? (Not including the fees to find one) The market values of those apartments are minimum $2,000-$4000 a month. Rent controlled apartments haven’t been given out for over 25 years, except to poor people who qualify for section-8 HUD and live in a Government Project. The only way a person can live in a rent control apartment today, is if the apt has remained in the same family (beginning with Grandparents) from the 1950' & 1960's. Once the chain is broken, the person dies, without another family member to assume the lease the Rent Control deal ends, and the building’s owner puts the place up at the market rate. Scumbag lowlife Rangel- has 4 of these apts, 3 which he rents out at market rates and one he uses for an "office" (ya right). He lives in none of them. He has never paid taxes on this rental income going back at least 20 years! Rather than to let these rent control apts expire and reported to the City, he underhandedly assumed these rent control apt contracts from constituents who had died in his district.
This is flat out larceny and an egregious misuse of power! Could you even imagine what would happen if one of us was caught in this situation? Forget about the criminal aspect, we would have to pay back taxes with interests on 100's of thousands earned dollars!
I have not even mentioned the Villa this thief owns and rents out in the Dominican Republic (or how he got that, since west Harlem, in his district is Home to an extremely large Dominican population.

Dch, this super duper twerp Rangel sits as the head of 2 of the most influential committees in our Federal Government: The Ways and Means Committee & the Ethics Committee. He is one of the five top lawmakers in our Nation. Are you nuts, in thinking that this derelict should have a hand in raising our taxes and appropriating them as he wishes-while at the same time, he is personally defrauding and stealing from the Treasury?
Dch, as a side note, since I am unaware of your location: Our Taxes are the highest in the entire country.
For my paltry condominium (fewer square feet than any of the four Rangel apts) My annual City property taxes are over $11,000. When you add in Federal taxes, I over 40% in total income tax. This man took on a fiduciary responsibility to protect and uphold the law and look out for the interests of American taxpayers. Rangel must be put down.

Posted by: pdiddy | September 16, 2008 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Dch,
Are you in Disneyland? Rangel initiated the investigation himself. Please! Where do you live? I am in his District here in Manhattan, NY. He is a criminal scumbag! Do you have any idea how much an apt cost here in NY, NY? (Not including the fees to find one) The market values of those apartments are minimum $2,000-$4000 a month. Rent controlled apartments haven’t been given out for over 25 years, except to poor people who qualify for section-8 HUD and live in a Government Project. The only way a person can live in a rent control apartment today, is if the apt has remained in the same family (beginning with Grandparents) since the 1950' & 1960's. When the leaseholder dies, without another family member to assume the lease, the chain is broken and the Rent Control deal ends. At this time, the building’s owner puts the place up for rent at the market rate. Scumbag lowlife Rangel- has 4 of these apts, 3 which he rents out at market rates and one he uses for an "office" (ya right). He lives in none of them. He has never paid taxes on this rental income going back at least 20 years! Rather than to let these rent control apts expire and be report them to the City and building owner, he underhandedly assumed their rent control contracts from constituents in his district who had died.
This is flat out larceny and an egregious misuse of power! Could you even imagine what would happen if one of us was caught in this situation? Forget about the criminal aspect, we would have to pay back taxes with interests on 100's of thousands earned dollars!
I have not even mentioned the Villa this thief owns and rents out in the Dominican Republic (or how he got that, since his district includes west Harlem, which is home an extremely large Dominican population).

Dch, this super duper twerp Rangel sits as the head of 2 of the most influential committees in our Federal Government: The Ways and Means Committee & the Ethics Committee. He is one of the five top lawmakers in our Nation. Are you nuts, in thinking that this derelict should have a hand in raising our taxes and appropriating them as he wishes-while at the same time, he is personally defrauding and stealing from the Treasury?
Dch, as a side note, since I am unaware of your location, I need to make sure you realize that NY, NY tax rates are than anywhere else in the United States
For my paltry condominium (fewer square feet than any of the four Rangel apts), my annual City property taxes alone are over $11,000. When you add in Federal taxes, I pay well over 40% in taxes on my total income. This man took on a fiduciary responsibility to protect and uphold the law and look out for the interests of American taxpayers. Rangel must be put down.

Posted by: pdiddy | September 16, 2008 6:12 AM | Report abuse

Dch,
Are you in Disneyland? Rangel initiated the investigation himself. Please! Where do you live? I am in his District here in Manhattan, NY. He is a criminal scumbag! Do you have any idea how much an apt cost here in NY, NY? (Not including the fees to find one) The market values of those apartments are minimum $2,000-$4000 a month. Rent controlled apartments haven’t been given out for over 25 years, except to poor people who qualify for section-8 HUD and live in a Government Project. The only way a person can live in a rent control apartment today, is if the apt has remained in the same family (beginning with Grandparents) since the 1950' & 1960's. When the leaseholder dies, without another family member to assume the lease, the chain is broken and the Rent Control deal ends. At this time, the building’s owner puts the place up for rent at the market rate. Scumbag lowlife Rangel- has 4 of these apts, 3 which he rents out at market rates and one he uses for an "office" (ya right). He lives in none of them. He has never paid taxes on this rental income going back at least 20 years! Rather than to let these rent control apts expire and be report them to the City and building owner, he underhandedly assumed their rent control contracts from constituents in his district who had died.
This is flat out larceny and an egregious misuse of power! Could you even imagine what would happen if one of us was caught in this situation? Forget about the criminal aspect, we would have to pay back taxes with interests on 100's of thousands earned dollars!
I have not even mentioned the Villa this thief owns and rents out in the Dominican Republic (or how he got that, since his district includes west Harlem, which is home an extremely large Dominican population).

Dch, this super duper twerp Rangel sits as the head of 2 of the most influential committees in our Federal Government: The Ways and Means Committee & the Ethics Committee. He is one of the five top lawmakers in our Nation. Are you nuts, in thinking that this derelict should have a hand in raising our taxes and appropriating them as he wishes-while at the same time, he is personally defrauding and stealing from the Treasury?
Dch, as a side note, since I am unaware of your location, I need to make sure you realize that NY, NY tax rates are than anywhere else in the United States
For my paltry condominium (fewer square feet than any of the four Rangel apts), my annual City property taxes alone are over $11,000. When you add in Federal taxes, I pay well over 40% in taxes on my total income. This man took on a fiduciary responsibility to protect and uphold the law and look out for the interests of American taxpayers. Rangel must be put down.

Posted by: pdiddy | September 16, 2008 6:12 AM | Report abuse

Dch,
Are you in Disneyland? Rangel initiated the investigation himself. Please! Where do you live? I am in his District here in Manhattan, NY. He is a criminal scumbag! Do you have any idea how much an apt cost here in NY, NY? (Not including the fees to find one) The market values of those apartments are minimum $2,000-$4000 a month. Rent controlled apartments haven’t been given out for over 25 years, except to poor people who qualify for section-8 HUD and live in a Government Project. The only way a person can live in a rent control apartment today, is if the apt has remained in the same family (beginning with Grandparents) since the 1950' & 1960's. When the leaseholder dies, without another family member to assume the lease, the chain is broken and the Rent Control deal ends. At this time, the building’s owner puts the place up for rent at the market rate. Scumbag lowlife Rangel- has 4 of these apts, 3 which he rents out at market rates and one he uses for an "office" (ya right). He lives in none of them. He has never paid taxes on this rental income going back at least 20 years! Rather than to let these rent control apts expire and be report them to the City and building owner, he underhandedly assumed their rent control contracts from constituents in his district who had died.
This is flat out larceny and an egregious misuse of power! Could you even imagine what would happen if one of us was caught in this situation? Forget about the criminal aspect, we would have to pay back taxes with interests on 100's of thousands earned dollars!
I have not even mentioned the Villa this thief owns and rents out in the Dominican Republic (or how he got that, since his district includes west Harlem, which is home an extremely large Dominican population).

Dch, this super duper twerp Rangel sits as the head of 2 of the most influential committees in our Federal Government: The Ways and Means Committee & the Ethics Committee. He is one of the five top lawmakers in our Nation. Are you nuts, in thinking that this derelict should have a hand in raising our taxes and appropriating them as he wishes-while at the same time, he is personally defrauding and stealing from the Treasury?
Dch, as a side note, since I am unaware of your location, I need to make sure you realize that the tax rate in NY, NY is higher than anywhere else in the United States
For my paltry condominium (fewer square feet than any of the four Rangel apts), my annual City property taxes alone are over $11,000. When you add in Federal taxes, I pay well over 40% in taxes on my total income. This man took on a fiduciary responsibility to protect and uphold the law and look out for the interests of American taxpayers. Rangel must be put down.

Posted by: pdiddy | September 16, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse

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