Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulled fire alarm as shutdown looms

October 01, 2023

Socialist Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) pulled the fire alarm in a House office building Saturday as Democrats tried to delay a bipartisan vote on a Republican stopgap spending bill. As Bowman took heat for the incident, he insisted to reporters afterward that he pulled the alarm handle because he thought it would open the door. Staten Island GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis’ office told The Post she would move to have Bowman expelled from the chamber. “NY Democrat Jamaal Bowman literally pulled a fire alarm to stall and prevent our efforts to force a vote to keep the federal government open. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he would have a “discussion” with Democratic leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries about the Bowman situation.