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Hastings defends Rangel against censure

The New York Times is reporting that the House today tabled, "by a vote of 254 to 138, a Republican resolution to censure Representative Charles B. Rangel, the powerful New York Democrat who is chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, for 'dishonoring himself and bringing discredit to the House..' "

The motion, made by House GOP leader John Boehner came in the wake of a Times story that Rangel has four rent-controlled apartments. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, moved to table the resolution.

Rangel, the Times says, "in a forceful address to his colleagues, said he had done nothing wrong, urging lawmakers to reject the censure motion. He said he would welcome a review by the House ethics committee into his housing arrangements."

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