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Congressional Black Caucus Seeks to Retain Clout

By Dan Weil   |   Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 12:00 PM

This year has been difficult for the Congressional Black Caucus. Two CBC veterans – Reps. Charlie Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California are in trouble over ethics issues. And five other Congressional, Black, Caucus, cloutCBC members were deemed to have improperly — but unknowingly — accepted corporate-funded travel to the Caribbean. But CBC leaders say the group will maintain its relevance, Roll Call reports.

“I think it would be a mistake to assume that an investigation of two members of a specific caucus [Rangel and Waters] demeans the entire caucus,” says Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., incoming chairman of the 42-member CBC. “I mean anybody here in Congress who has gotten into trouble we could probably trace to their Congressional caucus, whether it’s Duke Cunningham or Charlie Rangel [pictured] or the guy tickling his staff members. ... So I don’t think that’s accurate at all.”

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This year has been difficult for the Congressional Black Caucus. Two CBC veterans Reps. Charlie Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California are in trouble over ethics issues. And five other CBC members were deemed to have improperly but unknowingly  accepted...
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