Rangel censure expected Thursday

Despite Rep. Charlie Rangel's request that the House delay its decision on whether to censure him for ethics violations, Democratic leaders said they would proceed with a vote on Rangel Thursday.

“I've informed Rangel,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday. “I've talked to all the parties and we've scheduled that for consideration.”

The House ethics committee earlier this month voted to recommend Rangel, D-N.Y., be censured, which is the penultimate punishment for wrongdoing under the House rules.

It would require Rangel to stand in the well of the House and be formally reprimanded for his actions, which include misuse of House stationary and a rent-stabilized apartment and using his influence as the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee to solicit money for a school named after him.

Rangel had asked for additional time to try to convince lawmakers to lessen the punishment and admonish him instead of censure him.

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