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After news broke that the House ethics committee plans to admonish Rep. Charlie Rangel for violating House rules, Speaker Nancy Pelosi immediately came to Rangel’s rescue, once again.
No surprise here since in the past Pelosi has been Rangel’s most prominent defender through his many tax evasion episodes – thieves sticking together and all that.
“I think that every member is entitled to have his day before the ethics committee,” she said. “They have said he did not knowingly violate the rules. And, again, if this were the end of it, that would be one thing. But there’s obviously more to come and we’ll see what happens with that. But every member has that right.”
Pelosi said, “All I saw was the press release where it said he didn’t violate the rules of the House.” She noted that the report said Rangel didn’t know he was violating rules that applied to a lobbyist-funded trip to the Caribbean.
Pelosi pointed out that the ethics committee found that Rangel’s staffers knew corporate money was paying for trips even though Rangel claims he didn’t.
“I think it’s quite a statement to hold members accountable for what their staffs knew,” she said. “I’ll be interested to see how that reverberates.”
Typical Charlie Rangel to go with the twofer “ignorance” and “the staffer did it” defense.
Pelosi failed to mention whether Rangel should stay on as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, but this might be a good time to remind her about the promise of the most ethical administration ever.
“Obviously they have other issues to deal with,” Pelosi said. “We’ll just see what happens next and what comes out of the ethics committee.”
John Murtha could not be reached for comment.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) says the country is in the midst of a “political rebellion” because his Democratic colleagues are bankrupting America.
He noted that Democrats promised “jobs, jobs, jobs” with their 1,100-page stimulus, but instead America got “spending, spending, spending.”
The House Democrats accused him of being disrespectful for opposing the massive stimulus bill. This was countered, saying “What’s disrespectful is wasting $800 billion and expecting our kids and grandkids to pay the bills.”
The congressman also attacked the cap-and-trade bill that passed the House, noting it would impose a $1,750 energy tax on Americans and require “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to have ‘green mortgages.'” On health care, he pointed out that H.R. 3200 would create 51 new agencies, boards, commissions, and mandates.
Boehner also attempted to dispel claims that there is no taxpayer funding of abortion in the legislation, stating that “If you look at the bill in the House, it allows for taxpayer-funded abortions.”
Boehner noted that the TEA parties are a great success because people realize liberals in Washington are “dimming the lights of opportunity for our kids and grandkids.”
Not to be overlooked, the congressman also said he is focused on taking the gavel away from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. That is a worthwhile objective under any circumstance.