Rep. Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.) should “strongly consider” resigning if fellow New Yorker Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D) sets off a fire alarm at the Cannon House office building on Saturday. That’s what he said.
“It’s shameful and unbecoming for members of Congress to think it’s appropriate to set off fire alarms to delay the business of Congress, and if they do, they will He should strongly consider resigning as a member of the Diet.”
Bowman reportedly set off the fire alarm before the House passed a stopgap funding bill to keep the government funded. Due to the actions of New York state legislators, the building was vacated.
In a statement to The Hill, a spokesperson for Bowman said, “Congressman Bowman was in a hurry to vote and did not know he would be setting off the building alarm.” “Lawmakers regret the confusion.”
Other Republicans have also criticized Bowman over the incident, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
“This case should not go unpunished,” McCarthy said at a news conference.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) offered a similar view of the situation.
“I’m calling on the Department of Justice to prosecute him in the same manner that they prosecuted the defendant on January 6th. Exactly the same law,” Green said.
The House bill seeks to keep government funding at the same level it already is through mid-November. It also includes $16 billion in disaster relief, but does not include aid to Ukraine or changes to border policy.
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