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US Representative Jamaal Bowman of the Democratic Party is under investigation after pulling a fire alarm in the Capitol, causing the evacuation of a congressional office building.
A photograph shared by the Capitol Police depicted Bowman, who represents sections of New York City and its suburbs, pulling the fire alarm near the exit of an office building. The House Administration Committee and the police are both looking into the incident.
The incident occurred as the House was set to vote on a bipartisan bill intended to prevent a government shutdown. Addressing the incident, Bowman stated, “Today, as I was rushing to make a vote, I came to a door that is usually open for votes but today would not open.” He admitted his error in activating the fire alarm in the hope it would open the door and expressed regret for the ensuing chaos.
Some Republicans have voiced opinions that Bowman should step down, though such action seems unlikely given several other members grappling with more severe legal and ethics issues.