For years, and years, and years, Charles Rangel, the embattled Democratic Representative, has been facing ethical allegations. These charges have been delayed for a number of reasons.

WASHINGTON - JULY 22: U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) faces questions from the news media after a House investigative committee found substatinial reason to believe Rangel has violated rules and laws at the U.S. Capitol July 22, 2010 in Washington, DC.July 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Once the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Rangel stepped down after a separate House committee critiziced him for violations in fund-raising, his failure to pay federal taxes on rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic and his use of four rent-stabilized apartments provided by a Manhattan real estate developer. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

First, the House of Representatives would rather not ever deal with ethics problems on the part of its members, so it moves at glacial speed when examining them. As well, for much of the time that the Ethics Committee was looking at Rangel, he was Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, perhaps the second most powerful legislator in the nation, next to the Speaker. Third, he was a favorite of Nancy Pelosi, the soon to be ex-Speaker of the House.

Well, the Ethics Committee met earlier this year and decided was that its recommendation was to censure Mr. Rangel, but that the vote by the entire House would be delayed until this month, so as not to interfere with the November elections. Today, then, is the day where the House has scheduled debate and a final vote. We hope to live feed the debate and the vote, if possible.

Now, only hours before the vote, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the New York delegation are trying to reduce the penalty for Rangel from censure to a reprimand, or even less. If censured, Rangel is forced to stand in the well of the House while Speaker Pelosi reads the committee findings and the charges. If the House decides to reprimand Rangel, he can go to a neighborhood restaurant or his office or to a villa in the Dominican Republic.

In the history of the House of Representatives, 22 members have been sentenced with censure. The arguments made by his allies include Rangel’s offenses do not rise to the level of those who were censured. As well, some have contended that censure only fits members accused of criminal offenses; since charges against the member are civil, he should face a lesser penalty. Another claim is that he has been humiliated enough merely by his offenses being brought to public exposure, so no further punishment Is merited.

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