Democrat Calls for Rangel to Step Down as Chair of House Ways and Means Committee
Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi was the first Democratic lawmaker to suggest that Rangel should give up his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee, which originates not only tax laws but also benefit programs that now pay nearly half the costs for Americans' health care.
In Taylor's words, Rangel should "either step down or step aside until this is resolved." Taylor made the remark to reporters while the House was voting on an intelligence bill. Rangel of New York was on the House floor taking part in the votes at the time.