US House Censures Rep. Jamaal Bowman for False Fire Alarm

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    The Facts

    • On Thursday, the US House of Representatives voted to censure Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) for activating the fire alarm at the Cannon House Office Building during a chamber vote to fund the government in September.

    • Three Democrats — Reps. Chris Pappas (NH), Jahana Hays (Ct.), and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (Wash.) — voted with the Republicans to provide a final tally of 214-191, with four Democrats and one Republican voting present.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    The extreme-right MAGA wing of the Republican party has been wheeling and dealing censures as though they were a weapon. If only they were willing to work this hard to meet the economic, healthcare, and safety needs of the American people. Everyone is at risk of a House Republican censure, which just renders the measure useless. Now that this charade is over, Bowman and his party can get back to work and focus on what really matters.

    Republican narrative

    Not only did Jamaal Bowman commit a crime by pulling the fire alarm, but he did so to help his party delay a House vote. The man who called Jan. 6 demonstrators terrorists and white supremacists single-handedly forced an entire legislative building to evacuate. So, while his political opponents rot in prison, Rep. Bowman gets treated with kids' gloves after endangering the same hallowed halls he claims to protect.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 25% chance that Joe Biden will be impeached by the House of Representatives, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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