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President Obama Issues Veto Threat

Photo Courtesy - The White House | Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama issued a veto threat Tuesday afternoon against the House GOP “continuing resolution” that would fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, saying the cuts in the bill would “undermine our ability to out-educate, out-build, and out-innovate the rest of the world” as well as undermine “core government functions and investments key to economic growth and job creation, and would reduce funding for the Department of Defense to a level that would leave the Department without the resources and flexibility needed to meet vital military requirements.”

Democrats in Congress criticize the GOP cuts, which they say would kick more than 200,000 children out of Head Start, cut $800 per student in the maximum Pell Grant award, eliminate $1.4 billion in funding for science and energy research, and cut $2.5 billion for high-speed rail projects, among other changes.

Earlier in the day, at a press conference, ABC News asked the president about whether he was willing to go along with some House GOP attempts to reduce spending.

Interestingly he didn’t issue the veto threat -- though he could have. The Republican resolution was introduced Friday night. It seems likely that President Obama didn’t want to be on camera issuing a threat to a bill that would attempt to cut spending, preferring instead to seem bipartisan and very "come-let-us-reason-together."

President Obama said it was his “goal is to work with the Republicans both on the continuing resolution…I think it is important to make sure that we don't try to make a series of symbolic cuts this year that could endanger the recovery....If the steps that we take then prompt thousands of layoffs in state or local government; or core vital functions of government aren't performed properly, well, that could also have a dampening impact on our recovery as well.”

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Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel Censured: 'I'm Not Going to Be Judged by This Congress'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Veteran Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., Thursday became the first U.S. House member in 27 years to be censured after a long trial that resulted in him being convicted on 11 counts of ethics violations.

The censure, the highest punishment short of expulsion, is reserved for serious offenses and requires the member in question to stand before his or her colleagues while a censure resolution is read.

An amendment reducing the punishment to reprimand prior to the final vote failed overwhelmingly.

The censure has been used only 23 times in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives. The last time a member of Congress was censured was 1983, when then-Rep. Dan Crane, R-Ill., and Rep. Gerry Studds, D-Mass., faced the penalty for having sexual relationships with minors.

Rangel, a veteran who has served in the House since 1971, stood Thursday in the front of members of Congress on Thursday afternoon flanked by his supporters while a somber Speaker Nancy Pelosi read the resolution rebuking his conduct.

The 80-year-old congressman apologized for the "awkward position" he's put his family and friends in, but reiterated that he did not commit the violations for personal gains.

"In my heart I truly feel good," he said. "I know in my heart that I'm not going to be judged by this Congress, that I'm going to be judged by my life, my activities, my contributions to society, and I apologize for the awkward position that some of you are in."

The 80-year-old, who was recently the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, earlier Thursday argued for a lesser punishment. He made his case again on the House floor, saying he shouldn't be given a penalty that is reserved for corrupt politicians.

Last month, the House ethics committee found Rangel guilty of 11 of 13 violations of House rules, including using official resources improperly to raise funds from businesses and foundations for a center at the City College of New York that's named after him.

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Ethics Committee Refers Rangel Resolution to House

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., the chair of the House Committee on Standards on Official Conduct, told reporters late Monday evening that the ethics committee has submitted a resolution to the House of Representatives regarding the matter with Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.

A senior aide from the Speaker's office had not heard the news about the resolution, but suggested if it was true that the full House of Representatives could consider the ethics committee's recommendations as early as Tuesday or Wednesday.

By a vote of nine to one, the panel of five Republicans and five Democrats earlier this month agreed with chief committee counsel R. Blake Chisam, who had recommended the penalty. It also recommended that Rangel be required to pay restitution on unpaid taxes.

The full House must now vote on whether to approve the penalty or impose a different one. If the House votes to approve the sanction -- a simple majority is needed -- the 40-year incumbent lawmaker would likely go to the House to immediately hear a rebuke from the Speaker.

The censure recommendation could be brought to the floor by a point of privilege at any moment this week or brought to the floor through the Rules committee.  It's possible the Rules committee could orchestrate the rules to keep Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., from reading a potential rebuke of Rangel and rather have the Speaker Pro Tempore read it, but precedence suggests that the Speaker of the House might actually have to read it.

The ethics committee found Rangel guilty of 11 of 13 ethics charges, ranging from improper fundraising, inappropriate possession of multiple rent-controlled apartments and failure to pay taxes on a vacation home.

Rangel's censure by the ethics committee is only the fourth time such a penalty has been imposed in the history of the House of Representatives. The House has also rendered four expulsions, three censures and nine reprimands.

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