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Saturday, September 30, 2023
Socialist Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulls fire alarm as Dems try to delay vote on GOP stopgap spending bill : Re-Post
Can we call him a Pro-Shutdown Democrat? Via NY Post:
Socialist Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) pulled the fire alarm in a House office building Saturday as Democrats tried to delay a bipartisan vote on a Republican stopgap spending bill.
The wild incident in the Cannon Building was caught on camera and confirmed by several witnesses.
“An investigation into why it was pulled is underway,” a spokesperson for the GOP-controlled Administration Committee told The Post, confirming the incident.
Bowman’s spokeswoman Emma Simon admitted her boss made a mistake.
“Congressman Bowman did not realize he would trigger a building alarm as he was rushing to make an urgent vote.
The congressman regrets any confusion,” she said.
Bowman insisted to reporters afterwards that he pulled the alarm handle — because he thought it would open the door.
Staten Island GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis’ office told The Post she would move to have Bowman expelled from the chamber.
“NY Democrat Jamaal Bowman literally pulled a fire alarm to stall and prevent our efforts to force a vote to keep the federal government open. Pathetic. Criminal investigation needs to happen,” said upstate GOP Congressman Nick Langworthy.
Creating a false fire alarm is a misdemeanor in the District of Columbia and punishable by up to six months in jail.
“No one in this country is above the law,” Bowman himself said just months ago in tweet attacking former president Trump and applauding his various indictments.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he would have a “discussion” with Democratic leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries about the Bowman situation.