For Immediate Release

CREW Statement on Rangel Stepping Down as Chairman

WASHINGTON - CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan stated today, “Given that he has
been admonished by the notoriously lax House Ethics Committee and
remains the subject of an investigation into many other ethics
violations, it is appropriate that Rep. Rangel has -- at least
temporarily -- stepped down from his position as chairman of the House
Ways and Means Committee.”

Sloan continued, “Of course,
this didn’t happen in a vacuum. Midterm elections are only eight months
away and voters have made it abundantly clear that they care about
ethics, even if members of Congress only pretend to. By forcing Rep.
Rangel out, Democrats undercut Republican efforts to portray them as
soft on ethics, the very strategy that returned Democrats to the
majority in the 2006 elections.”

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