Tensions flared in the halls of the U.S. Capitol as Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) pulled a fire alarm during the shutdown debate per committee staff.
The incident occurred as the House grappled with a rushed GOP stopgap spending bill, further intensifying the already heated political climate in Washington. The alarm caused the subsequent evacuation of a House office building.
According to the Republican-controlled Administration Committee, Bowman “pulled a fire alarm in Cannon this morning,” setting off a swift response from Capitol Police. An investigation is currently underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Multiple individuals familiar with the situation reported that the incident was captured on camera, highlighting the chaos that ensued within the House chambers. A spokesperson for Bowman described the act as inadvertent.
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.Spokesperson for Rep. Jamaal Bowman
However, this incident has not been taken lightly by Republicans. Fellow Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) is reportedly drafting a resolution to expel Bowman from the House. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy also expressed his concerns. He stated to press that, “This should not go without punishment,” hinting at potential repercussions for Bowman by the GOP.
Capitol Police played a pivotal role in managing the situation. Their spokesperson revealed that the building was evacuated as officers conducted thorough checks to ensure there was no threat. Subsequently, the building was deemed safe, and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Earlier today, Representative Bowman issued a statement via social media to his constituents that his office will remain open during a potential shutdown.
“My team and I will still be here for our NY-16 community throughout the shutdown. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help with a federal agency.”