Democratic New York Rep. Jamal Bowman, who set off a fire alarm at the Capitol ahead of the House vote on a short-term government funding bill on Saturday, said multiple times this week that a government shutdown would put lives at risk. I warned you.
Bowman set off a fire alarm inside the House building on Saturday as Congress prepared to vote on a 45-day spending bill to prevent a government shutdown, his spokesman confirmed. But throughout this week, Bowman accused Republicans of causing a “catastrophic shutdown” that put “lifesaving programs” at risk.
“Republican calculations are calling it ‘fiscal responsibility,’ leading to a catastrophic shutdown that leaves millions of workers without wages or life-saving benefits,” he said. tweeted Friday.
Bowman as well accused Republicans said Thursday they are seeking to shut down the government in order to “push through brutal and draconian spending cuts to life-saving programs.” (Related: Democratic Rep. Jamal Bowman sets off fire alarm at Capitol building before House vote)
“There are over 400,000 WIC recipients in New York,” he says. tweeted Wednesday. “If Republicans continue to hold funding for life-saving programs hostage and shut down the government, critical nutrition assistance for more than 7 million people in New York state and across the country will be at risk.”
🚨🚨NEW — Capitol Police are disseminating a photo of a man pulling a fire alarm with a cannon.Looks like Jamal Bowman pic.twitter.com/khzpigSvWI
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 30, 2023
“Congresswoman Bowman was in such a hurry to vote that she did not know that she would be setting off the building alarm,” said Emma Simon, a spokeswoman for Congressman Bowman. Saidsaid Axios reporter Andrew Sollender. “Deputies regret the confusion.” Bowman claimed he thought the alarm “would open the door.” according to To Axois reporter Juliegrace Brufke.
it is illegal In the District of Columbia, individuals are prohibited from “knowingly or knowingly issuing a false alarm of a fire.” “In Washington, D.C., this is a misdemeanor,” said George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley. I have written Saturday. “That would clearly be treated as sanctionable conduct under House rules.”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis has already drafted A resolution to expel Bowman from the House. “This is the United States Capitol, not a New York City high school,” Malliotakis’ office said. tweeted. “It would be pathetic, even for a member of the socialist team, to set off a fire alarm and disrupt the filibuster when we are trying to draft a bill to avoid a government shutdown.”
Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also accused Bowman of obstructing the official process. “Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman set off a fire alarm in Cannonville this afternoon, interrupting the formal proceedings of the House of Representatives as Republicans seek to keep government open,” she said. . Said. “I am calling on the Department of Justice to prosecute him under the same law that charged J6 with obstruction of a formal proceeding.”
The House voted 335-91 to pass a short-term funding bill that includes disaster relief requested by the White House, but not aid to Ukraine. Only one Democrat voted against the bill, along with 90 Republicans.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, told reporters at a press conference after the vote that the number of fire alarms going off was “at an all-time low.” “I was truly appalled by the actions of Democrats today to try to delay the government shutdown,” McCarthy said. “But when individuals elected to Congress were found to set off fire alarms, that number hit an all-time low. It will be interesting to see how he is treated for what he has tried to sabotage against the American people.
Bowman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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