Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York says he mistakenly triggered a fire alarm in a Congressional office building Saturday afternoon as elected officials were preparing to vote on a spending bill to avert a potential government shutdown.
Republicans alleged that Bowman was trying to delay the vote and have called for him to be punished, but the Democrat
that the incident occurred as he was rushing to cast his vote and arrived at a closed door that is usually open.said in a statement“I am embarrassed to admit that I activated the fire alarm, mistakenly thinking it would open the door,” he said. “I am sorry for the confusion and regret that I activated the fire alarm, thinking it would open the door,” he said. Bowman stressed that he wasn’t trying to delay the House vote. Bowman, a Republican from California, suggested that Bowman intentionally triggered the fire alarm to force a government shutdown. He said the House Ethics Committee should review what happened. “
The Associated Press reported that the fire alarm sounded as House Democrats were hoping to delay a vote on the 71-page stopgap spending measure proposed by Republicans so they could have more time to read the bill.
Both chambers ultimately approved a spending bill Saturday, and President Biden signed it shortly before the midnight deadline, avoiding a government shutdown.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, suggested that Bowman triggered the fire alarm on purpose to force a government shutdown and said the House Ethics Committee should review what happened.
McCarthy also made reference to the rioters who stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election won by Joe Biden.
“When you think of how other people are treated when they wanted to come in and change the course of what was happening in this building,” McCarthy said.
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York,
of Bowman pulling the fire alarm and “until I see the video I’ll have no further comment. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York,
of Bowman pulling the fire alarm and “until I see the video, I’ll have no further comment.” He added that USCP officers had evacuated the building and conducted a thorough check. “An investigation is ongoing into what happened and the reasons behind it. “said on Saturday that he hadn’t seen the videoBowman told reporters that he spoke with the Capitol Police and the Sergeant-at-Arms after the vote in order to explain the events.