Republicans are highly displeased with Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) following allegations that he triggered a fire alarm prior to a vote on government funding continuation. In response, they have drafted a resolution aimed at expelling him from Congress.
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, who represents the same state as Bowman, has taken the initiative to author the resolution, as some GOP members believe that Bowman intentionally activated the alarm to postpone the vote, an accusation Bowman has refuted.
“This is the United States Congress, not a New York City high school. To pull the fire alarm to disrupt proceedings when we are trying to draft legislation to AVERT A SHUTDOWN is pathetic…even for members of the socialist squad,” she said on X, formerly Twitter.
“This is the United States Congress, not a New York City high school. This action warrants expulsion & I’m introducing a resolution to do just that,” she said in another post.
Breitbart News reported:
Bowman’s alleged actions are being investigated by the House Administration Committee and the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) and elicited widespread condemnation from his Republican colleagues.
Rep. Lisa McClain is drafting a motion to censure Bowman, a serious but less severe step than expulsion. She said Bowman’s alleged action “is a felony, plain and simple. USCP had to waste resources investigating rather than actually keeping the Capitol safe. The House must hold Rep. Bowman accountable.”
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, expressed strong displeasure and drew a comparison between Rep. Bowman’s actions and those of the January 6 rioters.
“I think [House] Ethics should look at this but this is serious. When you think of how other people are treated, when they wanted to come in and change the course of what was happening in this building,” the Speaker said.
“I’m going to have a discussion with the Democratic leader about it. But this should not go without punishment. This is an embarrassment. You’re elected to be a member of Congress. You pulled the fire alarm in a minute of hours before the government being shut down, trying to dictate that government would shut down,” he said.
“What’s going through a person’s mind like that? But we will find the right ability to deal with this,” he said.
The New York Democrat maintained that his activation of the fire alarm was not intended to delay the vote, which Democrats were in favor of at the time. He explained that he did it because the door he typically uses to exit the building, the Cannon House Office Building, was closed.
“I was trying to get to a door. I thought the alarm would open the door, and I pulled the fire alarm to open the door by accident,” he said.
“I was just trying to get to my vote and the door that’s usually open wasn’t open, it was closed,” he said.