Resolution introduced to expel Rep. Jamaal Bowman for pulling fire alarm ahead of House voting

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Representative Nicole Malliotakis introduced a resolution on Monday to expel Rep. Jamaal Bowman for pulling a fire alarm before House’s vote on government funding bill on Saturday.

“We’ve dropped the resolution with twelve cosponsors, and we will continue to add more throughout the day. Mr. Bowman’s juvenile actions violated both federal and local law and he must be held accountable,” Malliotakis stated in a statement, as per The Hill.

Bowman pulled a fire alarm in the Cannon House Office Building ahead of the midnight deadline for the bill to pass to fund the government and avert shutdown. The fire alarm forced the House members to temporarily evacuate the building, however, they returned back soon and voted.

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The resolution comes amid a few lawmakers accusing Bowman of intentionally pulling the fire alarm for halting the crucial voting.

However, Bowman has remained firm on his claims pulling of the fire alarm was an accident as he rushed to vote the last-minute stopgap bill.

In a conversation with reporters, Bowman stated that he was in rush to get to the vote and pulled the fire alarm, thinking it would open the door.