Rep. Jamaal Bowman
Pulls Capitol Fire Alarm …
Delays Spending Bill Vote
9/30/2023 1:40 PM PT
A U.S. congressman pulled a fire alarm inside the Capitol this weekend right before the House was set to vote on a spending bill in hopes of avoiding a government shutdown.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) copped to the apparent delay tactic Saturday … with a rep from his office saying, “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.”
Capitol Police released a photo to the public, which appears to show Bowman pulling down the lever … which obviously set off a siren in the building and evacuation to follow. He’s now under investigation for the stunt — which Republicans are slamming as unpatriotic.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he was appalled that Dems would resort to something like this … accusing them as a party of trying to force the federal government into a freeze.
Fire alarm is going off in Cannon. pic.twitter.com/lTcgscarND
Now, as for the actual vote itself … it eventually continued, and a bill proposed by House Republicans actually got enough votes to pass — which will now get kicked over to the Senate. They gotta vote on it soon … come midnight, the shutdown goes into effect.
The bill — which was voted in as a bipartisan, 45-day stopgap — has a lot of disaster relief funding in it … but no extra cash for Ukraine, which is something Dems were seeking.
McCarthy responds to a photo showing Jamaal Bowman pulling the Capitol fire alarm.
“That’s a new low. We watched how people have been treated if they’ve done something wrong in this Capitol — will be interesting to see how he is treated.” pic.twitter.com/O8nTSVHTCy
The White House says this House bill should do the trick for now, but they expect McCarthy to bring a separate bill “shortly” to address the Ukraine issue. Time will tell if he does.
If the Senate fails to pass the House’s bill, we’ll go into a shutdown until Congress reconvenes on Monday. A prolonged shutdown is no bueno for federal workers, not to mention the economy at large. It’s happened before, and it could well happen again.