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House votes in favor of censuring Bowman for pulling fire alarm

Three Democrats voted with Republicans to censure the New York Democrat Rep. Jamal Bowman

Published: December 7, 2023 11:32am

Updated: December 7, 2023 11:40am

The House vote Thursday to censure New York Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman for pulling a fire alarm in a Capitol Hill office building in September amid a key GOP-led House vote. 

The final vote was 214-191 with five members voting present, according to ABC News.

Three Democrats voted with Republicans to censure Bowman.

Bowman initially said he thought he was pulling a lever to open a door in the Cannon Office Building so he could cast a vote on a vote to fund the government. But a closed-circuit video showed him clearly pulling the fire alarm with no sign of a fire.

Bowman has already pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for falsely triggering the alarm.

During a floor debate Wednesday evening on the censure resolution, House Democrat leader Hakeem Jeffries defended Bowman and called the resolution "fraudulent and fictitious."

"The behavior of the extreme MAGA Republicans," he said. "Censuring member after member after member has brought disgrace to the institution. To the House of Representatives.

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