The House of Representatives condemned Rep. Jamaal Bowman (214-191) weeks after pleading guilty to setting off a fire alarm inside a government building in an attempt to delay a critical government funding vote.
A total of five members, four Democrats and one Republican, voted present.
A censure is essentially a formal reprimand from the House of Commons, but there are few other penalties.
Bowman's slap on the wrist comes after the House Ethics Committee found that Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) knowingly made false statements to the Federal Election Commission and used campaign funds for personal purposes. The revelations came less than a week after the House of Representatives expelled him from the House of Representatives. Willfully violated ethics laws in connection with financial disclosure (FD) reports submitted to the House of Representatives for purposes such as OnlyFans subscriptions and Botox treatments.
However, Santos has not been convicted and maintains his innocence. He received a much harsher penalty (the harshest in the House of Commons) than Mr. Bowman, who pleaded guilty.
In September, Bowman set off a fire alarm at the Cannon House office building just before then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was about to vote on important government funding. Across the Capitol, Senate Democrats were rushing to finalize their own funding deal.
Republicans raised the alarm for Bowman to force an evacuation of the Capitol and delay a House vote that could constitute a federal crime until Senate Democrats met to pass the bill. He claimed that it was to increase the number of
Bowman claimed he pulled the alarm because he thought the door would open and that he was trying to cross the street at the Capitol to vote before time ran out. However, Breitbart News discredited Bowman's claims, reporting that the former middle school principal threw an emergency warning sign to the ground before setting off the fire alarm.
Later, a video confirmed Breitbart's exclusive report.
Bowman, who was indicted by the D.C. Attorney General, took a plea deal on a misdemeanor charge of knowingly or knowingly causing a false alarm. He agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and write a formal apology to the Capitol Police, but many Republicans said the punishment amounted to a slap on the wrist for a crime punishable by up to six months in prison. He claims to do so.
Bowman called the censure resolution “dishonest.”
It's painfully clear to me, my colleagues, and the American people that the Republican Party is deeply unserious. Their resolution of censure against me shows that they are incapable of governing.
I would like to thank all my colleagues who came tonight and supported me. pic.twitter.com/smgx092NdP
— Congressman Jamal Bowman (@RepBowman) December 7, 2023
Santos introduced a resolution to expel Bowman hours before Santos himself was expelled.
“He took a plea deal for setting off the fire alarm, which disrupted and delayed the hearing and trial in the House of Representatives,” Santos said. “If it had been anyone else, if it had been one of the members of the media, if it had been a Republican, that person would have been charged with obstructing a Congressional hearing, just like the 140 people who were sitting there. We all know that would be the case.''Although he is currently in jail for January 6th, Jamal Bowman has been cleared. ”
The already slim Republican majority was dealt another blow Wednesday when former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced he would resign rather than complete his term without the power of the gavel.
Bradley Jay is Breitbart News' Capitol Hill correspondent. Follow him on X/Twitter. @BradleyAJay.