Driving the news: The House voted 214-191 on Thursday to censure Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) for pulling a Capitol Hill fire alarm ahead of a vote in September to head off a government shutdown.
- Just three Democrats joined Republicans in voting for censure, making it essentially a partisan maneuver.
- Bowman is the third lawmaker to face the symbolic rebuke this year: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) was censured last month for her criticism of Israel and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) was censured in June for his promotion of Trump-Russia allegations.
The House also voted to expel former GOP Rep. George Santos this month after a bombshell Ethics Committee report accused him of a “complex web” of criminal wrongdoing.
It was the first successful expulsion vote since 2002 and made Santos only the sixth House member in U.S. history to be expelled.
What we’re hearing: Lawmakers in both parties who want to work across the aisle and pass legislation are growing impatient with the continued dominance of partisan fights on the House floor.
“We should be focused on getting stuff done,” said one House Republican. “We are hopeful the deck has been cleared and we return to our regular broadcast.”
“All they do is vacate the chair, expulsions, censures, reprimands, impeachment,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.).