Acting Speaker of the House Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) made a move that likely provoked his Democratic opponents; he instructed former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to vacate her office and requested that it be re-keyed.
This came after McCarthy (R-Calif.) was ousted on Tuesday by a coalition between GOP rebels and all present Democrats.
“Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed,” said an email sent to Pelosi’s office that was seen by Politico. The email noted further that the room would be used “for speaker office use.”
Pelosi, a former speaker of the House, was granted special access to a private office by McCarthy. However, McHenry, an ally of McCarthy’s, has voiced his disapproval of this decision.
Pelosi is currently in California for the funeral of Sen. Dianne Feinstein who passed away last week at the age of 90. She missed the vote to oust McCarthy due to her absence from the House.
“With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol.
Sadly, because I am in California to mourn the loss of and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein, I am unable to retrieve my belongings at this time,” she said, calling the move “a sharp departure from tradition.”
She also noted that she provided former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) “a significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished” during her tenure.
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“Office space doesn’t matter to me, but it seems to be important to them,” she said, according to CNN. “Now that the new Republican Leadership has settled this important matter let’s hope they get to work on what’s truly important for the American people.”
Politico noted that “House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ staff helped Pelosi’s office make the move, according to a spokesperson for the former speaker.”
On Tuesday, the final vote to vacate the Speaker’s chair was tallied as 216 to 210, with McCarthy acknowledging the difficulty of his situation prior to the vote. When asked if it was likely that five Republicans would vote with the Democrats, McCarthy responded “Probably so,” signaling his intention to resign should that be the case.
He asserted that he did not anticipate any support from Democrats. Since his ouster, McCarthy has stated that he will not seek the position again.
“I don’t regret standing up for choosing governing over grievance. It is my responsibility. It is my job. I do not regret negotiating. Our government is designed to find compromise,” he told reporters.
Jeffries made it abundantly clear via social media that the Democratic Party will not be coming to the aid of McCarthy.
“House Democrats will continue to put people over politics. We are ready to find bipartisan common ground. Our extreme colleagues have shown no willingness to do the same. They must find a way to end the House Republican Civil War,” Jeffries posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“Democrats are going to continue to push for people over politics and to fight to make life better for everyday Americans. From the very beginning, that has been our objective. And it will continue to be our sole focus delivering for the American people. We encourage our Republican colleagues who claim to be more traditional to break from the extremists, end the chaos, end the dysfunction, end the extremism,” Jeffries said.