U.S. Congressman Jamaal Bowman from Yonkers released a statement late Saturday night explaining that he mistakenly set off a fire alarm which evacuated the Cannon Office Building in D.C. earlier that day before a vote on a government shutdown.
Tensions escalated in the U.S. Capitol during a debate when Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY16) triggered a fire alarm. The incident unfolded amid discussions over a rushed GOP spending bill, worsening the already heated political atmosphere in Washington. The alarm led to the evacuation of a House office building and prompted a swift response from Capitol Police. Investigations are underway to determine the circumstances.
While Bowman’s spokesperson described the act as unintentional, Republicans are taking the incident seriously, with some considering expulsion measures. Speaker Kevin McCarthy hinted at potential consequences, emphasizing the need for accountability.
In a press release distributed online, Representative Jamaal Bowman stated that the incident was accidental.
I want to personally clear up confusion surrounding today’s events. 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.
But I want to be very clear, this was not me, in any way, trying to delay any vote. It was the exact opposite — I was trying urgently to get to a vote, which I ultimately did and joined my colleagues in a bipartisan effort to keep our government open. I also met after the vote with the Sergeant at Arms and the Capitol Police, at their request, and explained what had happened. My hope is that no one will make more of this than it was. I am working hard every day, including today, to do my job, to do it well, and deliver for my constituents.
Peace and Love.