October 5, 2023

Rep Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) at a House Committee meeting on Rules to Examine H. Res. 755 charges against Donald John Trump, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors on Capitol Hill.

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Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., Died Tuesday after fighting pancreatic cancer for more than two years, NBC News confirmed.

Hastings, who served in the House of Representatives for nearly three decades, was 84 years old. During his career, he has held several important committee and management positions, most recently as vice chairman of the regulatory committee.

After the Congressman’s death, the Democrats have a slim advantage of 218-211 in the House of Representatives, giving the party little margin for error in passing laws. Six places are free.

Hastings, a former federal district judge, was charged in 1988 on charges of bribery and perjury. The Senate voted to remove him from the bank the next year, but did not vote to exclude him from his future office.

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