House Votes to Censure Rep. Jamaal Bowman for Pulling Fire Alarm

House Votes to Censure Rep

House Votes to Censure Rep, Representative Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., attends a gathering at SUNY Westchester Community College where he hears other speakers before President Joe Biden speaks.

House Votes to Censure Rep. Jamaal Bowman for Pulling Fire Alarm

House Votes to Censure RepWASHINGTON (AP) – Members of the House voted again Thursday to penalise one of their own, this time Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman, for setting off a fire alarm in a U.S. Capitol office building while the chamber was in session.

The Republican censure resolution was approved with only a few Democratic votes, but the majority of the party supported Bowman in opposition to an endeavour they claimed lacked credibility and integrity. The famous progressive is now the third Democratic House member to be censured this year, which is a punishment one step beyond expulsion from the House.

“It’s painfully obvious to myself, my colleagues, and the American people that the Republican Party is deeply unserious and unable to legislate,” Bowman said during a floor debate on Wednesday. “Their censure resolution against me today continues to demonstrate their inability to govern and serve the American people.”

Bowman was censured by a vote of 214-191 in the House of Representatives, capping nearly a year of upheaval and retaliation. Since January, the chamber has seen the removal of a member from a committee assignment, the removal of a speaker for the first time in history, and, just last week, the expulsion of a politician for the third time since the Civil War.

Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., who presented the censure resolution, defended it, alleging Bowman raised the alarm in September to “cause chaos and stop the House from doing its business” as members hurried to pass a measure funding the government before a shutdown deadline.

“It is reprehensible that a Member of Congress would go to such lengths to prevent House Republicans from bringing forth a vote to keep the government operating and Americans receiving their paychecks,” McClain stated in an e-mail.

Bowman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour count in October for the event, which occurred in the Cannon House Office Building. Under an arrangement with prosecutors, he agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and serve three months of probation, after which the false fire alarm conviction is scheduled to be dropped from his record.

When the fire alarm went off while the House was in session and personnel were on the premises, the whole building was evacuated. After Capitol Police determined there was no threat, the building reopened an hour later.

Bowman apologised and explained that he was attempting to enter through a door that was normally open but was closed that day due to the weekend.

Many progressive Democrats who stepped out in his defence termed the Republican effort to censure him “unserious,” and accused those on the other side of the aisle of repeatedly using the censure procedure against Democrats for political advantage.

“Next, chastise me. “That’s how worthless your effort is,” Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries remarked late Wednesday on the floor. “It lacks credibility.” There is no integrity. There is no legitimacy. criticism me next, and I’ll take that criticism and wear it as a badge of honour the following week, month, and year.”

Rep. Jamaal BowmanThe decision is the latest example of how the chamber has begun to use punishments like censure, long regarded as a last resort, on a regular and often political basis.

“Under Republican control, this chamber has become a place where trivial issues are passionately debated and important issues are not,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said during a floor discussion. “Republicans have focused more on censuring people in this Congress than passing bills that help people we represent or improving this country in any way.”

While censure has little practical consequence, it does result in a heavy reprimand from peers, as MPs who are censured are frequently asked to stand in the House well and the censure motion against them is read aloud.

Bowman is now the chamber’s 27th censured member and the third this year. Republicans censured Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan last month in a stunning rebuke of her anti-Israel remarks.

In June, California Democrat Adam Schiff was censured for statements he made concerning investigations into then-President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia several years ago.

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