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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) takes a phone call as he leaves the U.S. Capitol on November 14, 2023 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives voted on a series of bills including an interim spending bill it passed to fund the government, which will now go to the Senate for consideration.
Democrats are calling out their Republican colleagues after the House voted on Thursday to censure Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) for pulling a fire alarm while Congress was in session to vote on government funding.
Unsurprisingly, the vote ran along mostly party lines with a few exceptions, including Democratic Representatives Chris Pappas, Jahana Hays, and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, who voted to censure Bowman.
Rep. Bowman admitted to pulling the fire alarm, although he said it was an accident. He pleaded guilty in October to one count of falsely pulling the fire alarm and had to pay a $1,000 fine and issue an apology to U.S. Capitol Police.
He’s not the only progressive member of Congress to be censured as of late. Republicans, as well as several Democrats, censured Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI.), the only Palestinian in Congress, for speaking out in defense of Palestinians. Rep. Bowman, who is Black, also signed on to legislation calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Curiously, quite a few names connected to the January 6th insurrection are not on the list of censured members of the House.
Earlier this year, Rolling Stone Magazine reported that several Republicans, including Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), were “intimately involved” in the planning of January 6th.
Rep. Greene has also been known to promote the white supremacist “Great Replacement Theory.”
“Joe Biden’s 5 million illegal aliens are on the verge of replacing you, replacing your jobs and replacing your kids in school and, coming from all over the world, they’re also replacing your culture,” said Greene at a rally in Arizona.
A resolution was introduced to censure the Georgia Congresswoman after she displayed sexual photos of President Joe Biden’s son during an IRS hearing. But Democrats ultimately scrapped that plan days before the House voted to censure Rep. Tlaib.
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