After Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was accused of pulling a fire alarm to delay a vote on a bill to avert a government shutdown, Republicans drafted a resolution to remove him.
The resolution, written by New York Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, will be formally introduced on Monday, when the House is next in session. The most severe kind of disciplinary action the House can take against its own members is expulsion, as Breitbart News reported.
Only five people in the House's whole existence have ever been kicked out.
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. https://t.co/rfnLDzFHmK
— Office of Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (@RepMalliotakis) September 30, 2023
Bowman's actions have been widely condemned by his Republican colleagues and are currently being investigated by the House Administration Committee and the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP).
Lisa McClain, a member of Congress, is working on a resolution to censure Bowman, which is a serious but less severe step than expulsion. It's a felony, she argued, simply calling Bowman's alleged behavior criminal. Instead of focusing on protecting the Capitol, USCP had to spend time investigating. Rep. Bowman must face consequences from the House.
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters that the "Ethics (Committee) should look into this," adding that he will have a discussion with the Democratic Leader [Hakeem Jeffries] about it, but this should not go without punishment.
“This is an embarrassment. You’re elected to be a member of Congress.”
Trump made reference to the break-in at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, in a post on his social media platform Truth Social. This incident delayed the process of certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory, as the Daily Wire reported.
“Will Congressman Jamal Bowman be prosecuted and imprisoned for very dangerously pulling and setting off the main fire alarm system in order to stop a Congressional vote that was going on in D.C.?” Trump said in his post.
“His egregious act is covered on tape, a horrible display of nerve and criminality,” Trump added, alluding to an image posted to social media. “It was a very dangerous ‘Obstruction of an Official Proceeding,’ the same as used against our J-6 prisoners. Actually, his act may have been worse. HE MUST SUFFER THEIR SAME FATE. WHEN WILL HIS TRIAL BEGIN???”
Other Republican lawmakers also cited the problem, with Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) asking in a post to X. “How is it that Rep. Jamal Bowman (D-NY) can pull a fire alarm during a vote, which is clearly ‘interfering with a legislative proceeding,’ and there be no ramifications?”
“Yet, protestors from across the country who came to Washington on January 6th are serving hard time in prison for doing less!#EqualJustice?”
Bowman issued a statement insisting that he made an error in the Cannon House Office Building while on his way to a vote on a spending bill in the adjacent U.S. Capitol Building.
“Today, as I was rushing to make a vote, I came to a door that is usually open for votes but today would not open. I am embarrassed to admit that I activated the fire alarm, mistakenly thinking it would open the door. I regret this and sincerely apologize for any confusion this caused,” Bowman said.