Levin to Chair Ways and Means Panel After Rangel's Resignation

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    Sandy Levin, (D-MI).

    Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan will take over as acting chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told rank-and-file Democrats at a closed-door meeting Thursday that Levin would replace New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel. Rangel relinquished his chairmanship Wednesday in the wake of ethic inquiries.

    Levin told reporters: "I think you know my close relationship with Charlie. At this point I'm acting chairman."