Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) is under investigation for allegedly pulling a fire alarm in the United States Capitol complex moments before the House was scheduled to vote on a bill preventing a government shutdown. The House Administration Committee, along with the U.S. Capitol Police, is conducting the investigation.
A photo circulated by Capitol Police appears to show Bowman pulling the fire alarm. Falsely reporting a fire is a misdemeanor crime in the District of Columbia, punishable by a fine or up to six months’ imprisonment.
A spokesperson for Bowman released a statement claiming that he did not realize he would trigger a building alarm as he was rushing to make an urgent vote. Bowman stated that he thought the alarm would open the door.
Following the incident, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) gave a filibuster speech as Democrats attempted to delay the vote on a 45-day extension of government funding. The bill eventually passed by a large margin.
Rep. Jim Banks called for Bowman’s arrest, suggesting the possibility of a conspiracy among Democrats. Donald Trump Jr. also called for Bowman’s immediate arrest, comparing his actions to those of defendants from the January 6th incident.