House Speaker Patrick McHenry (R) has ordered the Honorable Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to leave and take over her secret office in the Capitol just hours after taking over as acting speaker, Pelosi said. office announced on Tuesday.
McHenry became acting speaker after Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was ousted from his position on Tuesday, the first time he has been voted out of the chair. .
McHenry’s office asked Pelosi to vacate her secret Capitol office by Wednesday so it can be reassigned “for the speaker’s office,” the first message said. Politico reported, it is read. A small number of senior members of the House of Representatives maintain “hidden offices” within the Capitol.
Pelosi condemned the request in a statement late Tuesday.
“As we all look forward to the many important decisions that the new Republican leadership must address, one of the first actions of the new Speaker pro tempore is to remind me of the Capitol Hill “I ordered him to leave the office immediately,” she said. .
“This eviction is a significant departure from tradition,” she continued. “As chairman, I gave former Chairman Hastert as much space as he wanted.”
She urged McHenry and House Republicans to focus on legislation instead.
“Office space isn’t important to me, but it seems to be important to them. Now that the new Republican leadership has solved this important issue, let’s hope they get to work on what really matters to the American people.” she said.
Pelosi is in California preparing for a memorial service for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) later this week. She did not vote on Tuesday’s motion to resign.
“Sadly, I cannot retrieve my belongings at this time as I am in California mourning and mourning the loss of my dear friend Dianne Feinstein,” she added.
The Hill has reached out to McHenry’s office for comment.
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