US House votes censure against veteran lawmaker

December 3, 2010 05:56

WASHINGTON — The US Democratic controlled House of Representatives voted Thursday to censure one of their own, using a punishment used only 22 times previously to punish a 40-year veteran member who only recently ranked among Congress' most powerful members.

Rep. Charles Rangel, a raspy-voiced, backslapping former chairman of one of the committee that set tax policy, was censured by his House colleagues for financial misconduct Thursday in a solemn moment of humiliation in the sunset of his career.After the 333-79 vote, the Democrat from New York's Harlem stood at the front of the House and faced Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she read him the formal resolution of censure.

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