This comes just over a month after Bowman was charged with a misdemeanor for falsely triggering a fire alarm in a House office building prior to a significant vote. Bowman has since pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor, agreeing to pay a fine and issue an apology to the Capitol Police.
Santos, who is currently facing 23 federal criminal charges, revealed his plans during a press conference held outside the Capitol on Thursday. This announcement came a day before the House is set to vote on his own expulsion, following the release of a damning report by the House Ethics Committee. The report found Santos guilty of violating federal criminal laws, alleging misuse of campaign funds for personal expenses, including travel, Botox treatments, and purchases from OnlyFans, a subscription platform primarily used for adult content.
The move to expel Santos has garnered widespread bipartisan support, with numerous lawmakers rallying behind the cause after the release of the Ethics Committee's report. Despite this, Santos has already survived two previous expulsion attempts this year.
Santos stated that he will present his proposal to expel Bowman as a privileged resolution when the House convenes for legislative business at noon. This move would force the chamber to act on the measure within two legislative days. However, it is likely that the leadership will opt for a procedural vote rather than a direct referendum on the legislation, thereby avoiding a direct vote on Bowman's expulsion.
Bowman, who has been calling for Santos' resignation for months, was charged with a misdemeanor last month after triggering the fire alarm during a government funding vote. At the time, Bowman claimed that he had accidentally activated the alarm while rushing to the House chamber before the closure of a high-stakes vote. Republicans, however, have accused him of deliberately triggering the alarm to delay the vote.
Bowman's office has stated that he has reached an agreement with the D.C. attorney general to withdraw the charge in three months, provided he issues an apology to the Capitol Police and pays a $1,000 fine.
The House Ethics Committee announced last week that it would not be launching an investigation into the incident. Santos responded to this decision on X, stating, "I’m just going to leave this here and let the people draw their own conclusions…"
Santos and Bowman have had previous confrontations. In May, after the House voted to refer a Santos expulsion resolution to the Ethics Committee, Santos was addressing the press on the steps of the Capitol when Bowman and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) began demanding his resignation.
"Resign … save yourself, have some dignity," Bowman stated. "New Yorkers need better."
"Republicans, kick him out, c’mon," Bowman added.