Charlie Rangle to "Step Down" Ahead of Bill to Remove Him

It looks as if Representative Rangle is in the first stage of grief for his Chairmanship:

Rangel to give up tax committee chairmanship
NBC: Ways and Means chair to relinquish gavel amid ethics complaints

WASHINGTON – After being admonished by an ethics panel for accepting corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., will give his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means committee, NBC News has learned.

Asked by an NBC reporter if he will still be the chairman of the committee Wednesday, Rangel responded with an emphatic “yes.”

“You bet your life on it,” he said.

Other Democrats have retained the ability to count.

But sources indicated Tuesday to NBC that Rangel has been encouraged to step aside before the House votes on a bill to strip him of his chairmanship.

“We don’t have the votes to save him,” one Democratic member said of Rangel.

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