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Dem wants Rangel to give up gavel

From NBC's Mark Murray
New York Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. And given the admonishment Rangel received from the House Ethics Committee yesterday, fellow House Democrat Gene Taylor says the New York congressman should step down from his powerful perch.

The AP: "Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi was the first Democratic lawmaker to suggest that Rangel should give up his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee, which originates not only tax laws but also benefit programs that now pay nearly half the costs
for Americans' health care. In Taylor's words, Rangel should 'either step down or step
aside until this is resolved.'"

*** UDPATE *** Rep. Paul Hodes, who is running for New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race, also has called for Rangel to step down from his leadership post, per Politico. "I honor and respect Charlie Rangel's lifetime of service as a soldier serving our country in Korea and as a public servant. But Washington must be held to the highest ethical standards," Hodes said in a statement.