Rangel is back.
Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, who stepped down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in March 2010, is reclaiming some authority on the panel.
Rangel will be the top Democrat on the trade subcommittee in this Congress, giving him a voice on an issue he has worked on throughout his 42-year career in the House.
Despite his seniority, Rangel wasn’t his party’s top voice on any of the six Ways and Means subcommittees during the previous Congress.
Rangel, 82, was censured by the House in December 2010 for ethics violations related to his failure to pay some income taxes and use of congressional stationery and staff to seek donations for a nonprofit academic center named for him.
That didn’t get in the way of re-election.
And now he has a voice again.