At the end of February, the House ethics committee "admonished" Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) for allowing a private company to fund two trips that he and other members of the Black Caucus took to the Caribbean in 2007.
Later this week, Republicans in the House will introduce a special resolution to strip Rangel of his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee, signaling a possible end of his tenure in Washington, Fox News reports.
The embattled representative is currently being investigated for several other illegal matters, including allegations that he failed to pay taxes on undisclosed personal assets and that he used congressional stationery to solicit donations for his school of public service at The City College of New York.
Many political pundits believe that some Democrats will be forced to vote for the resolution to relieve Rangel of his duties as chairman, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an end to the "culture of corruption" that prevailed when the GOP had the majority in the House, according to The Washington Post.
"These Democrats who ran on ‘change’ and promised to run the most ethical Congress in history have a responsibility to call for Charlie Rangel’s resignation and to give back the thousands in tainted money they received from him," concluded Ken Spain, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee quoted by the news source.