Insurrection: Democrat rep from New York shuts down government briefly by pulling fire alarm on Congress


Government shutdowns are all the rage in Washington, D.C. But now, one leading Democrat has a new tactic to change the course of voting in the Republican-controlled House: Just pull a fire alarm to clear the building and prevent a vote.

On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution to keep borrowing money for another 45 days, which will keep government services like Fat Bear Week going, while a more permanent solution is negotiated for the massive federal budget. That resolution is now in the Senate for a vote. It contains no money to secure the border and no additional money for Ukraine’s defense against Russia.

The vote in the House occurred after Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York was seen on video and by witnesses pulling a fire alarm in the Cannon building to try to delay the vote.

It’s unclear if Bowman will be arrested by Capitol Police and charged with a felony, as this was obstructing an official proceeding of Congress, which is a federal crime. Creating a false fire alarm is also misdemeanor in the District of Columbia, punishable by up to six months in jail.

Although assigned to an office in the Cannon Building, Alaska’s Rep. Mary Peltola was not in danger as she is not at work this week.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulls fire alarm in Cannon Office Building.

Many Jan. 6, 2021 election protesters were indicted and convicted on charges of interfering with an official congressional proceeding when they entered the U.S. Senate chambers to protest the confirmation of the results of the 2020 presidential election. The so-called “Q-Anon Shaman” Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansley pleaded guilty to the felony of obstructing an official proceeding of Congress simply by entering the House Chambers and was sentenced to more than 41 months in prison.

It will be a much-watched Capitol drama to see if Rep. Bowman is given the same treatment as the Jan. 6 protesters that he has had many harsh words for on his X/Twitter feed.

“Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulled a fire alarm in Cannon this morning. An investigation into why it was pulled is underway,” said House Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Steil. An evacuation was forced as Democrats tried to buy more time to consider a resolution to continue paying for government.

The alarm could be heard by those in the nearby Longworth Building, sources say.

Bowman’s spokesperson later said the congressman did not know that the alarm would go off. Bowman, however, has a Ph.D. in education, spent many years as a middle-school teacher and principal and would certainly understand the role of fire alarms in upending the functions of an institution.

Earlier in the day, Bowman was on a news show, during which he said, “Republicans don’t want to help our children. They aren’t working to end child poverty, stop gun violence, or address climate change. That’s why we need to vote the right people into office to address these issues.”

Bowman in 2022 authored the “COUP Act to establish a national commission to investigate the [Jan. 6, 2021] insurrection, keep the Capitol safe from more breaches, hold members of Congress who condoned Jan. 6. accountable.”


  1. So he pulled a Chris Constant. Thirty years should be a good sentence, since it was at the capital and interrupted the session. Is there evidence?

  2. Jesus, if a Republican had done this….we would be talking a treason charge or starting an insurrection!
    Can Dems find a way to make this action Trump’s fault?
    Charge this clown…he is not above the law!!!!

  3. Sadly nothing will happen to this over educated individual pleading ignorance, and being a Democrat He will not be charged.

  4. “It contains no money to secure the border and no additional money for Ukraine’s defense against Russia.”


  5. He should immediately be arrested and lose his position and take all security clearance away!! The have proof that he pulled it and has admitted it!!

  6. This isn’t insurrection any more than Jan 6 was. It was a childish democrat doing what democrats do.

    The bit he didn’t know the alarm would go off should be reason enough to boot him from office: if he can’t lie convincingly, how can he represent his district?

  7. Why!? I feel like Millennials and GenX never left High School. They are 40 and 50 years old yet they still have to grow out of High School antics.

    • Remember when the Dems in Minn got on a bus and “cut school” (ran away) because they didn’t like how an upcoming vote was gonna turn out?
      Children indeed, say no to them,& they’ll hold their breath & stamp their feet to get their way

  8. While Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York is to dumb to check for cameras before pulling a fire alarm to stop a vote, he should go to jail for insurrection.

  9. You’re correct: would be great to see the Shaman’s justice meted out to this congressman. What are the odds. I say, ‘slim to none.’ He won’t even be censured…

  10. And what happened to the CBS late night show tv crew that illegally entered (aided by a democrat staffer) that office building last year and harassed/obstructed Republican legislators? pelosi protection?

  11. Just about every single Republican who is against sending aid to Ukraine voted to overturn the 2020 Presidential election. Do you think that’s just a coincidence?

    • It is not a coincidence, it’s a political ideology.
      A conservative, spend less, smaller government person who is against Dems having power (to spend & grow government) would naturally be against sending tax money from our bloated government to another “endless war” in Europe, that many feel is Europe’s problem, not ours.
      These are both (no Dems/ no $ for an EU war) small government, mind our own business, positions
      And these Republicans you speak of are tired of the “military industrial complex” that a Republican General warned us about many years ago.
      Ike was right & “the Swamp” is real …
      GOP & Dems are always pushing the endless war machine w/ US citizens money, why can’t that stop?

    • Sebastian, not sure there is a correlation, between a 2021 vote and this one, especially since you have to preface it with “just about”.
      The more likely thought process here may be about saving the taxpayer some money. Since there has been evidence that Hunter has strong ties to Ukraine, some members of congress may just be a bit weary that 10% of the $25 or so billion already spent ends up going to the “Big Guy”and they don’t want to shove more money into that black hole….
      See how that works? My theory has more reality value and correlation to current events than yours.

  12. Once again, the Democrats have stooped to a new and immature low by basically shouting “FIRE” in a crowded theater 🎭
    Hopefully this child that pulled the fire alarm gets arrested for putting the people in that building at risk by causing panic!

  13. Thank you for the photos. It is good to have a clear picture of the guilty one. One successfully interfered with a congressional proceeding. How it all plays out will be telling…again.

  14. A properly functioning Justice Department can almost approach being a blessing. Unfortunately, that IS NOT what we have. Interesting thing is, they are trapped right there, out in front of everyone. Ultimately, the only thing of great consequence that they can do now is lose harder on the way to completely destroying what it is that they are standing for.

  15. He didn’t know pulling a fire alarm would make the alarm go off??? Seriously.

    If this is a felonious act and it appears to be then this certainly would appear to rise to an impeachable offense on the order of high crimes and misdemeanors.

  16. Representative Bowman is quotes as saying “I was trying to get to a door. I thought the alarm would open the door and I pulled the fire alarm to open the door by accident.”

    “I was just trying to get to my vote and the door that’s usually open wasn’t open, it was closed,” Bowman added.

    Nobody believes this guy. His constituents should demand he resign immediately. Congress should impeach him. Law enforcement must charge him for his criminal behavior.

  17. Is this the same moron who couldn’t find Ukraine on the map when questioned by reporters right after he voted to send billions of dollars to the country. Yeah, I think so.

  18. More photos disprove his story:


  19. What Jamal Bowman did is a felony. 18 USC 1512 c 2 makes it a crime to corruptly obstruct, impede or interfere with any official government proceeding, and carries a max penalty of 20 years in prison.

    Just ask the Jan 6 protestors about this- the ones in prison.

  20. Nothing will happen. He holds one of the magic get out of jail free keys.

    If somehow ejected from the House, his district will just the elect him.

    Better and easier to leave him where he is so he can be made an ongoing fool of.

  21. Whats the readers responses if he broke the door down with a battering ram and beat the nearest police officer with a fire extinguisher and then defecated on McCarthys desk?

    • Did Bowman do that after pulling the alarm? Wow! There clearly is more reporting that needs doing…Do you have pictures or better video????

    • Put Bowman in jail next to the culprit that did that.
      Am I the “reader” here?
      How much time did the “fire extinguisher” guy get?
      Give Bowman 25% of that.

    • What would be your response if you found out that what you just repeated did not happen on Jan6? Fire extinguisher? This was parrotted (and still is by you) even after it was shown to be a slanderous rumor made up. Battering ram? The forceful break-ins are not aging well as those who led the charge are also NOT the ones identified or arrested. Finally, defecating? We may have had something like that somewhere by someone. But look at it realistically – if we wanted to paint those “Trumpers” as evil and gross, THAT video would have been circulated. Dropping your shorts or whizzing in the hallways makes great news. But it wasn’t. Hand picked vids HAVE been published. But NEVER THAT one.
      Instead we have evidence because, “staffers say they found…they smelled…” That’s it. But we swallow it as s gospel because we want to believe those illegally in the capital were all animals. Recent footage has shown something different. But still, “THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER violence” persists.
      But if you need to run cover for a frustrated man pulling the fire alarm with “Yeah, but Trump…” I understand. Honestly, it’s getting old.

      • You said it Scott. This exactly applies to your sifting of evidence: “we want to believe”. You’ve been fooled and you want to be fooled.

  22. “It’s unclear if Bowman will be arrested by Capitol Police and charged with a felony, as this was obstructing an official proceeding of Congress, which is a federal crime.”
    No, it is very clear. The (D) following his name gives him immunity.

  23. If you can’t cheat the motto of the democratic party. A principal for 10 years and doesn’t know what a fire alarm is … come on man.

    • Every man woman & child that went to school in the US knows this.
      Kids in 1st grade know this.
      This pol is the worst liar ever and there are SO many of them.

  24. Congressman Bowman definitely lacks the judgment to make decisions like what doors to open and how to vote on legislation before the Congress.

    • Respectfully, I disagree, while congressman Bowman’s behavior mimics that of the kindergartner going after the shiny red knob, he is finally tall enough to reach, this was clearly a calculated move to disrupt and impede. He arrogantly assumed to get away with it and bend congressional actions to his will, being unwilling to accept that elections have consequences even for democrats. He wanted a shut-down, regardless of how many lives that upends and impacts. Now he hides behind the “woe is me” act to garner enough sympathy to escape the consequences of his action.

  25. I don’t know about you people but I’m sick of this shit. I’m sick of stupid people. I’m sick of career politicians, the situation we are in is dangerous. It’s now biting us all in the ass. The federal government has 1 job and only 1 job. Protect us at our boarders and they have completely failed. They are now in the process of bankrupting our nation.

  26. Comparing a fire alarm to Jan 6? Really? I’m glad all of this is permanently documented, it’s great material.

  27. He should be held to account, just like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, and every extremist on both sides.

  28. This clown has his office send out a memo that said “Messaging Guidance: Supporting Congressman Jamaal Bowman After Accidental Fire Alarm,” targeted “Nazi members” of the GOP. The memo went on to say “Republicans need to instead focus their energy on the Nazi members of their party before anything else.” Of course this clown who doesn’t know what a fire alarm is said “I just became aware that in our messaging guidance, there was inappropriate use of the term Nazi without my consent,” “I condemn the use of the term Nazi out of its precise definition. It is important to specify the term Nazi to refer to members of the Nazi party & neo-Nazis.”

    There you have it, a clown pulls a fire alarm and you are a Nazi because of it…liberal logic at its finest.

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