Ethics Trial a "Nightmare Scenario" & Another Broken Promise for Democrats

Government Reform

ABC News says "the House Ethics Committee on Thursday will outline charges being brought against Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y." – a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. House Republican Leader John Boehner said the Rangel ethics trial is "'a sad reminder' of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's 'most glaring broken promise: to 'drain the swamp' in Washington."

With voters already fed up with Democrats' jobs-killing, debt-driven agenda, ABC calls the ethics trial a "nightmare scenario" for the party in charge of Congress and the White House. Watch the report here:

While we won't know until Thursday what the exact charges will be, the New York Post reported last year that Rangel – then-chairman of the tax-writing committee – "failed to report as much as $1.3 million in outside income." And the New York Times reported that he "paid no interest for more than a decade on a mortgage extended to him to buy a villa at a beachfront resort in the Dominican Republic." But that's only the beginning. Click here to learn more.

As Boehner noted, this is yet another broken promise by the Democrats running Washington. Democrats promised their "stimulus" would keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent (it's 9.5 percent); to wage a war on deficits (we're a record $1.47 trillion in the hole this year); to lower health care costs (prices are going up); to not raise taxes on middle class families and those making less than $250,000 a year (broken multiples times … and more hikes are on the way); and of course, to run "the most honest and open Congress in history."

Boehner and Republicans are promoting reforms that will end the abuses and backroom deals hatched by powerful lawmakers behind closed doors – reforms such allowing CSPAN cameras to cover major legislative negotiations and posting bills online at least 72 hours before a vote. If you want to help support our fight to make Congress more open and accountable, click here now.

Today Show: GOP to Push for Rangel to Step Down (10/7/09)
GOP Gives Ethics-Challenged Rangel One Week to Resign His Chairmanship (9/30/09)
Examiner: Boehner's 'Dear Charlie' letter to Rangel: Step down (9/4/09)