New York GOP lawmaker announces she will introduce resolution to expel Bowman over fire alarm stunt

"This is the United States Congress, not a New York City high school," Malliotakis wrote on X.

Published: September 30, 2023 4:51pm

New York GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis announced Saturday that she would be introducing legislation to expel Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman from Congress for pulling the fire alarm during votes for a resolution on U.S. government spending. 

"This is the United States Congress, not a New York City high school," Malliotakis wrote on X, formerly called Twitter. "This action warrants expulsion & I’m introducing a resolution to do just that."

Bowman is currently under investigation for pulling the fire alarm during votes. He allegedly did it to interrupt the ongoing proceedings and to delay a vote.

Capitol Police have released the photo of Bowman pulling the fire alarm

“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,” Emma Simon, Bowman’s digital director, said in a statement, according to Politico

Other GOP lawmakers called out Bowman for his behavior. 

"I’m hearing Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was CAUGHT ON CAMERA pulling the fire alarm in a House Office Building to delay the CR vote," Texas GOP Rep. Troy Nehls wrote on social media

"IF TRUE: he should be charged with obstructing an official proceeding which is a FELONY. As a former Sheriff, I’d happily slap the cuffs on him," he continued. 

Colorado Republican lawmaker Lauren Boebert also criticized Bowman. 

"If true, this is a crime that carries up to six months in jail," Boebert said. "While Republicans are trying to be productive, Democrats are pulling fire alarms in the halls of Congress."

Charlotte Hazard is a reporter at Just the News. Follow her on X

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