Rangel Investigators Recommended "Reprimand" for Congressman

Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, who was a member of the lower-level investigative subcommittee that found last week that Rangel had committed "alleged violations" says that his panel recommended a "reprimand' for Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.

A reprimand is one of the three, formal modes of discipline in the House. The other two are censure and expulsion.

In addition, if Rangel were to be reprimanded, he would have to stand in the well of the House and listen to his punishment being meted out by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The full House would probably have to vote to reprimand Rangel.

The House did not reprimand Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., for his shout-out at President Obama last near. But did vote to "disapprove" of his actions.

The House voted to reprimand Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., 408 to 18 in 1990 for using his office to "fix" parking tickets for Steve Goble, a male prostitute who used Frank's home.

Former Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa., father of current Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., was reprimanded in 2001 for accepting improper gifts from lobbyists trying to influence infrastructure spending.

And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., was reprimanded and fined in 1997 for his ethics transgressions.