A number of Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have called for Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) to be arrested after he pulled a fire alarm, which led to an evacuation of the Cannon Building on Capitol Hill. Bowman’s office has claimed that he thought he was simply opening a door, though House Republicans have accused him of pulling the alarm as part of an effort to force a government shutdown that could have then be blamed on the GOP.
The Cannon Building was evacuated on Sunday just hours before Congress agreed on a continuing resolution to fund the government without Ukraine funding. Several members, including U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA), released footage of the evacuation process as it was unfolding.
The U.S. Capitol Police later released a photo from surveillance cameras that shows the far-left congressman pulling a fire alarm.
Bowman’s office later acknowledged that he had pulled the alarm, but claimed that it was unintentional. “Congressman Bowman did not realize he would trigger a building alarm as he was rushing to make an urgent vote,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “The Congressman regrets any confusion.”
JUST IN: Rep. Jamaal Bowman's spokeswoman says he "did not realize he would trigger a building alarm" when he pulled fire alarm.
"The Congressman regrets any confusion," she says. pic.twitter.com/RYeghqc5n2
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) September 30, 2023
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) referred to the incident as an “embarrassment” and called for Bowman to be punished in a press conference following the passage of the continuing resolution. “I was really appalled when watching Democrats’ actions today. To delay it, to get to a shutdown. But when we found, that an individual elected to Congress, would pull a fire alarm… that’s a new low,” McCarthy said. “We watched how people have been treated if they have done something wrong in this Capitol. It will be interesting to see how he is treated on what he was trying to obstruct, when it came to the American public,” he continued, seemingly referencing the heavy-handed punishments doled out to January 6 Capitol protesters.
“This should not go without punishment,” McCarthy followed up. “I’m gonna have a discussion with the Democratic leader about it. But this should not go without punishment. This is an embarrassment.”
U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) posted a photo of himself holding a pair of handcuffs captioned, “Jamaal, are you ready?”
Rep. Greene called for Bowman to be prosecuted for Obstruction of an Official Proceeding, which is the most common charge that has led to prison time for January 6 defendants. Hundreds of people with no criminal records have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for brief strolls through the Capitol after pleading guilty to or being convicted of the same charge.
“I’m calling on the DOJ to prosecute him using the same law they used to prosecute J6 defendants for interfering with an official proceeding,” Greene wrote in an X post.
Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) agreed with Greene. “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?” he said. “Yet, protestors from across the country who came to Washington on January 6th are serving hard time in prison for doing less!”
Other members called for Bowman to be expelled from Congress, including Rep. Nicole Malliotakis
(R-NY). “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,” Malliotakis wrote.
Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulled the fire alarm in the Cannon building this afternoon and interrupted the official proceedings of the House as Republicans worked to keep the government open.
I’m calling on the DOJ to prosecute him using the same law they used to prosecute J6… pic.twitter.com/KlXjwVrkc1
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) September 30, 2023
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reacts to Bowman pulling fire alarm:
“We’ve watched how people have been treated if they’ve done something wrong in this Capitol. It would be interesting to see how he is treated.”pic.twitter.com/byaEd0HIDs
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) September 30, 2023
Radical Dem Rep. Jamaal Bowman just pulled the fire alarm in the House’s Cannon Building, which forced an evacuation and delayed votes.
I view this as interfering with official legislative proceedings.
He is an insurrectionist.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) September 30, 2023
Or worse actually bc pulling the fire alarm without cause is a FELONY… https://t.co/KhJt70dyyT
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) September 30, 2023