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H Res 805 - Removing Rep. Charles Rangel as Chairman of House Committee on Ways and Means - Key Vote

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Steve Austria voted Nay (Motion Vote) on this Legislation-Resolution.

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NOTE: THIS IS A VOTE ON A MOTION TO WITHDRAW CONSIDERATION OF THE LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR OF THE CHAMBER AND REFER IT TO A SPECIFIC COMMITTEE.

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Legislation-Resolution - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation-Resolution - Motion Agreed (House) (246-153) - (Key vote)

Title: Removing Rep. Charles Rangel as Chairman of House Committee on Ways and Means

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a motion to refer a resolution to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct that calls for the removal of Representative Charles Rangel as Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Highlights:
  • Specifies that the New York Times reported that Rep. Rangel earned more than $75,000 in rental income from a house he owns in the Dominican Republic since 1988 but failed to disclose such income on his federal or state tax returns and his annual congressional financial disclosure statement.
  • Specifies that the New York Times reported that Rep. Rangel paid no interest on a mortgage extended to him to purchase the house in the Dominican Republic for more than 10 years after the interest on the loan was waived.
  • Alleges that Rep. Rangel's failure to report both the income and interest forgiveness is a violation House rules and federal, state and local tax law.
  • Alleges that Rep. Rangel's acceptance of interest forgiveness is a violation of the House gift ban.
  • Specifies that Rep. Rangel has acknowledged having failed to publicly disclose cash assets, investment income, and his ownership of two pieces of property in New Jersey.
  • Specifies that Rep. Rangel's financial disclosure statements filed on August 12, 2009 reveal that his net worth is almost twice as much as he previously reported.
  • Specifies that the New York Times reported that Rep. Rangel failed to report at least $500,000 in assets on his 2007 Congressional disclosure form.
  • Specifies that Rep. Rangel's position of Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means is a position of considerable political power and influence, has jurisdiction over the U.S. tax code, and permits him to participate in high level decisions on important issues.
Legislation-Resolution - Introduced (House) -

Title: Removing Rep. Charles Rangel as Chairman of House Committee on Ways and Means

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