Hoyer vows to try to block Rangel resolution

Democratic leaders pledged to move to table GOP lawmakers' push to force a vote on the fate of Rep. Charlie Rangel's (D-N.Y.) chairmanship.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that he or another Democrat would move to set aside a vote on Rep. John Carter's (R-Texas) privileged resolution to force Rangel to step down as chairman of the Ways and Means committee.

Hoyer said that they would seek to prevent any resolution from moving forward into an investigation into Rangel's alleged failure to disclose certain incomes and failure to pay some taxes on properties is complete.

"The committee is doing its work. It is ongoing," Hoyer said in a media availability Wednesday morning. "It is thoroughly taking under consideration the matter that the chairman asked them to take under consideration. And we will await their report."

"Prior to that, any actions with reference to Chairman Rangel would be premature, and we intend, if a resolution is offered, I will or someone will move to table that motion, so that we can allow the commission -- the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct -- to do their work as is consistent with the rules of the House," the majority leader added.

Republicans have sought to offer the resolution after spending months urging the Harlem Democrat to step down as chairman of the powerful committee, but Democrats have been more cautious, urging no action until an investigation is complete.