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-- and this is a Fox News alert the house has just voted to censure congressman Charlie Rangel.
The eight year old Harlem Democrat will stand in the well of the house as the house speaker reads -- censure resolution let's listen.
-- is resolved that representative Charles Rangel of New York he -- Representative Charles B Rangel fourth with present himself -- -- well at of the house for the pronouncement dissension.
That representative Charles B Rangel be -- but the public reading of this resolution by the speaker.
And that representative Rangel pay restitution.
She appropriate taxing authorities that the S treasury for any unpaid estimated taxes outlined an exit.
Income received from this property in Dominican Republic can provide proof of payment to the committee.
The gentleman from New York ask -- presented -- out for one minute without objection so ordered.
Idea -- fully recognize that constitutionally.
That this body has the full jurisdiction to determine.
They kind of that one of its members.
My predecessor suffered because they didn't allow him to be a member of before they decided that he should be expelled.
But notwithstanding that we do know that we saw a political body and even though it is painful to accept this vote.
I am fully aware that this vote reflects perhaps the thinking that just -- the members.
But the political tide and -- constituency.
Of this body.
Having said that and having my opportunity.
To do what I wanted to do initially in that is to make certain that this body in this country would know.
That at no time there's an -- entered my mind.
To enrich myself.
A -- to do violence to the honestly that's expected of all of us in this house.
I think that has been proven and that has been what I've been asking for and that's what have admitted to mistakes.
And was prepared to do it I've got.
I understand that this is a new criterion a breakthrough in order to teach somebody -- -- lesson then.
Those that -- in the past they've done.
Pall -- all negative reputation of this body that -- -- but I just would want all of you to know that.
In my whole life I truly feel good it's not cool they commitments that I made to god debt.
A -- has to do with the fact.
That I know in my whole life that I'm not going to be judged body this congress.
But I'm good to be judge but my life.
My contributions to society.
And I just apologize to an awkward position that some of -- that are didn't.
But at the end of today as I started off saying.
Compared to where I didn't.
I haven't had a bad day sentence thank you.
A formal censure resolution read.
And there you hear.
The eighty year old Harlem Democrat representative.
Charlie Rangel addressing the house is forty year congressional.
Now has is the 23 member of the House of Representatives.
To face censure and be censured.
Censure is a formal vote by the majority of the members present in the house that expresses disapproval.
Of -- member's conduct -- generally requires that.
The members stand that the well -- you saw representative Rangel do of the house to receive that verbal rebuke.
The reading of the censure resolution by the speaker of the house as we saw speaker Nancy Pelosi do now the term does not appear in the US constitution.
There have been 22 censures of house members Rangel is the 23.
The majority occurred in the nineteenth century there have been just four in the last 100 years.
Michigan Democrat Charles Diggs junior from mail fraud online California Democrat Charles Wilson for wrongly accepting money.
And taking campaign funds for personal use Massachusetts Democrat Gerry Studds and Illinois Republican Daniel crane were censured in 1983.
Most recent use of the punishment for having sexual relations with teenage house pages.
James Rosen correspondent his standing by I've been following the story all day -- It's very good evening the verdict just rendered by the full house tonight closes the chapter on -- two and a half year period of scandal and disgrace for a man who was.
Once one of America's most powerful politicians the former chairman.
Of the house Ways and Means Committee.
And the final optical zoom reaching this moment of -- -- for him was removed from the house voted overwhelmingly tonight.
267 to 145 with more than 100 Democrats in agreement.
Not to downgrade congressman Rangel punishment from censure to a mere reprimand it's been two weeks.
Since the twenty term lawmaker from Harlem was found guilty by the house ethics committee of eleven violations of house rules.
They include wrangles failure for seventeen years to disclose income from a -- he owned in the Dominican Republic.
His use of official letterhead to solicit funds for a center named in his honor his use of the rent controlled apartment as a campaign office.
And as a result of all that conduct unbecoming of a member of the house.
In today's hour long debate over what punishment should be meted out for those transgressions.
The chair of the ethics committee reminded lawmakers of how Rangel the with holder of tax income was once the country's chief author of tax loss.
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