Levin is acting Ways and Means chair

Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark held the acting chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee for just one day before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi replaced him with Michigan Democrat Rep. Sander Levin. Levin will hold the seat until the ethics matters surrounding New York Congressman Charles Rangel are resolved and he either returns to the seat or is forced to step down permanently. Stark assumed the chairmanship on a temporary basis under House rules but Pelosi told a meeting of all House Democrats Thursday that Levin was her choice and the party caucus put him into the chair.
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Rangel steps down as Ways and Means Committee chairman

Rep. Charles B. Rangel threw in the towel Wednesday, agreeing to temporarily step down from his post as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee amid escalating investigations into ethical lapses. After first refusing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s urging that he give up his seat until his mounting ethical problems could be resolved, Rangel caved and announced he would relinquish his hold on the powerful tax-writing committee. “In order to avoid my colleagues having to defend me during their elections, I have this morning sent a letter (to Pelosi) asking her to grant me a leave of
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Pelosi backs scandal-ridden Rangel

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, once again forgetting her pledge to “drain the swamp” of scandal from Congress, won’t ask scandal-scarred Ways & Mean Chairman Charles Rangel of New York to give up his chairmanship of Congress. Instead Pelosi, as she did with ethics-challenged Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha, who died earlier this month, is practicing the same double standard she always uses when it comes to protecting members of her other party — look the other way. Pelosi also refused to take action against former Democratic Congressman William Jefferson of Louisiana after an FBI raid of his home uncovered
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More ethics problems for Rangel

The House Ethics Committee says 20-term Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel repeatedly violated ethics rules by accepting corporate money for lavish trips to the Caribbean. Rangel, chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, also faces investigations into his use of office resources to raise money for a college center bearing his name and his failure to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets and income. Rangel’s mounting problems add to problems haunting Democrats as they head into the 2010 mid-term elections with the increasing prospect of losing seats and, possibly, control of Congress. The Rangel affair also raises
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