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American Politician, Democratic member from New York


Charles Bernard "Charlie" Rangel has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1971, representing the Fifteenth Congressional District of New York. Rangel's district, the smallest in the country in geographic size, encompasses Upper Manhattan and includes such neighborhoods as Harlem, Spanish Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, Morningside Heights, and part of the Upper West Side, as well as a small portion of Queens in the neighborhood of Astoria. In January 2007, he became chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Rangel is the most senior member of New York's congressional delegation. He is the first African-American to chair the committee. Rangel earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in the Korean War.

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 We have the full faith and credit of the United States of America in our hands... People have a political problem with raising the debt, but our country has a fiscal problem. 
— Charles B. Rangel after the house approved bill on debt and war funds / December 16, 2009