Former Speaker of the United States House Nancy Pelosi stated, on Tuesday (3), that the newly appointed interim president, the Republican representative from North Carolina Patrick McHenry ordered her to vacate her position in the Capitol building.
Pelosi maintains her office in the Cannon House office building.
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An email sent from McHenry’s office to Pelosi’s office just after 6pm on Tuesday, seen by CNN , it said: “I am reassigning h-132 for use by the president’s office. Please vacate the space tomorrow.”
Pelosi said in a statement that she was not in Washington to immediately remove her belongings.
“With all the important decisions that must be made by the new Republican leadership, which we all eagerly await, one of the first actions taken by the new President Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my position at the Capitol,” said the California Democrat.
“Unfortunately, as I am in California to mourn the loss and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein, I am unable to retrieve my belongings at this time.”
Feinstein, whose three decades in the Senate made her the longest-serving senator in history, died last week at age 90 after months of health problems.
His body will be laid to rest this Wednesday (4) at San Francisco City Hall, before the funeral on Thursday (5).
Pelosi added in her statement that “the eviction is a sharp departure from tradition: As Speaker of the House, I gave former Speaker Hastert a significantly larger office for as long as he wanted.”
“Office space doesn’t matter to me, but it seems to matter to them,” Pelosi declared.
“Now that the new Republican leadership has resolved this important issue, let’s hope they get to work on what’s truly important to the American people.”
A CNN contacted McHenry for comment on the episode.
As a speaker pro temporeMcHenry’s official title, the congressman will preside over the voting and selection of the next Speaker of the House, with the ability to adjourn the House, adjourn it, and recognize nominations for speaker.
Kevin McCarthy, as speaker of the House, was required to submit to the clerk a confidential list of people “in the order in which each will serve as speaker pro tempore in case of vacancy”, according to the Chamber’s rules.
McHenry, a strong McCarthy ally, was the first name on that list.
Source: CNN Brasil
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