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                           Rep. CHARLES B. RANGEL (d)      

                                

                           15th NY Congressional District

                       

Website: http://rangel.house.gov

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Twitter: @cbrangel

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGcv9RKvKSA - HON. CHARLES B. RANGEL

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MORE ABOUT: hon. CHARLES B. RANGEL

 

Biography

Charles B. Rangel, war hero, history-making congressman, master lawmaker.   A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, he made history as the first African American member of Congress to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee.  Now completing his 20th term in the House of Representatives, he has been cited as the most effective lawmaker in the House, leading all of his colleagues in passing legislation.  He was a prime contributor to President Obama's historic health care reform law.

Growing up on the other side of the tracks on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, he was transformed from high school dropout to war hero after volunteering for service in the Army during the Korean War. Wounded in an attack by waves of Communist Chinese troops, he was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for Valor after leading his surviving comrades from behind enemy lines.

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With the aid of the G.I. Bill, he earned degrees from New York University and St. John's University Law School.  He began his public service as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and was later elected to the New York State Assembly. He came to Washington in 1971 to serve in the House after defeating the legendary Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

In Congress, following Matthew's teaching, he has been a stalwart champion for the "least among us," advocating powerfully and persistently to improve the lives of working people.   He is a defender of veterans who has treated education as a national security issue.

A leading advocate for equal rights and equal opportunity, Congressman Rangel has mastered the tax code to finance millions of units of affordable housing, and thousands of jobs for young people, veterans and ex-offenders.

He has boosted the incomes of millions of working families with the Earned Income Tax Credit, and pumped billions of dollars into revitalization of communities across the nation, including Harlem.  Demonstrating his commitment to education, he has created financial mechanisms to construct and rehabilitate public schools across the country.

Congressman Rangel's unparalleled foreign policy record has focused  on Africa and the Caribbean.  In 1986, he sounded the death knell for apartheid in South Africa with the "Rangel Amendment," which forced the largest U.S. investors to abandon the country.  He has created trading and investment opportunities for struggling nations in the  Caribbean and Africa. Just this year, he successfully promoted vital investment incentives for earthquake ravaged Haiti.

ACharlie_Rangel_2.jpgmong his proudest achievements is founding the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program in the State Department, in cooperation with Howard University which has placed more than 40 foreign service officers from underrepresented groups in U.S. embassies worldwide. Congressman Rangel still resides with his wife Alma in Harlem where he was born.  They have two adult children and three grandchildren.


 

Read here a full listing of his Congressional achievements and projects.

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Rangel Statement On U.S. Involvement In Libya

 

NEW YORK - Congressman Charles B. Rangel released the following statement upon U.S. launch of Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya:

“Since the enactment of the War Powers Act in the 1970s, which I supported then and support now, Congress has been reluctant to assert its authority when Presidents see fit to send American military personnel into harm’s way—Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, and Panama. The essence of the War Powers act is that any President must seek the approval of the people, in this case through their representatives in the Congress, for such action.
 
I believe the American people would decide in favor of stopping innocent people from being killed or wounded by the forces aligned with Gaddafi. However, the integrity of the United States government before the world, and before its own people, insists on Congress stepping up to assume its responsibility.
 
We just passed the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, which we went into thinking that there were weapons of mass destruction and that our troops would be “greeted as liberators.” Eight years later, we know that liberating Iraq was not “a cakewalk.”
 
It is the responsibility of Congress to consider our President’s decision before involving ourselves in any military conflict. If we don’t assert our constitutional authority in something as serious as war, we are slowly undermining our democratic principles.
 
There is no question that in my mind President Obama is the greatest president of my lifetime. I am confident that the President cares for the safety of our brave men and women placing in harm’s way.  I just reintroduced the universal national service bill, including a military draft, so the American people, through their representatives in Congress, understand the costs and obligation this nation is undertaking when it engages in something as serious as war.
 
It is the continuing expenses of those endless military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan that continue to hamstring our efforts to dig us out of the economic hole the last administration left us in.  Presently, we are now engaged in a budget process that closes senior citizen centers, undermines our investments in education and health care.
 
I plan to work with President Obama and my colleagues to address concerns at home on innovation, jobs, education and health care, and not merely providing a tax cut for the wealthy.
 
Congress should be called into session immediately. This could be the beginning of another Korea or Iraq. We went into these conflicts without knowing how long they would last. War in Korea still has not ended and we have just entered the ninth year in Iraq. This has to stop sometime. It is up to the U.S. Congress to fulfill its constitutional authority.”

 

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