October 31, 2014

Process of Punishing Unethical House Members

Charlie Rangel

The Constitution is clear on how the House of Representatives handles the misconduct of its members. Article 1 Section 5 enumerates the power to punish disorderly members with sanctions and expel a House member with a “concurrence of two thirds.” Before the full House votes on punishments for a member, the House ethics subcommittee, known [...]

Rangel Found Guilty on Ethics Violations

Charlie Rangel

Today a House ethics subcommittee found Democratic Representative Charlie Rangel guilty of violating several House conduct rules. The House Committee on Standards and Official Conduct convicted the Representative from New York on 11 of 13 separate violations. Read the 13 original charges [.pdf] against the Representative. Rangel, who was first elected to the House in [...]