The House Approves 9-Month Censure Limit

Congress has decided that nine months is long enough for censure of one of their own. In a seemingly Congressional bi-partisan agreement, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will be honored at a ceremony unveiling his official portrait as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee – followed by a reception, of course.

In the wake of being censured by the House with a vote of 333-79, Rangel was pressured by many of those voters to resign as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Even more ironic is the fact that the very portrait of Rangel to be unveiled was a subject of controversy during that ethics scandal.

It seems that being censured carries no stigma in Washington. In fact, it may be a positive thing, following Hollywood’s axiom that “there is no such thing as bad press”. In any event, the Congressional bar for being frowned upon has now been lowered to nine months.

Does this mean Bush will be honored at the 2012 Democratic Convention?

David J. Hentosh

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