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Congressional Black Caucus comes out strong for Rangel

Congressional Black Caucus comes out strong for Rangel
By Susan Crabtree - 10/08/09 11:38 AM ET

The Congressional Black Caucus flexed their collective political muscle by sending a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defending Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) from partisan attacks.

The letter, dated Oct. 7, was sent the same day Democrats beat back a GOP attempt to force Rangel, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), to resign as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee because of a string of ethics allegations against him involving a series of financial violations on his taxes and required Congressional disclosure forms, among other accusations.

In a partisan vote of 246 to 153, the House referred to the ethics committee a GOP resolution aimed at removing Rangel from top post on the panel while the ethics committee continues its investigation of the charges. The Democratic parliamentary procedure to refer it to the ethics committee effectively killed the GOP