Patrick McHenry, the acting Speaker of the House, has asked Nancy Pelosi, the outgoing Speaker, to give up her Capitol Office just hours after he took over.
McHenry took over after Kevin McCarthy was voted out of office, which was the first time any Speaker had ever been ousted. McHenry’s office asked Pelosi to give up her office by Wednesday, saying it was being moved to the Speaker’s office.
Only a few senior representatives have their own offices inside the Capitol building. Pelosi said she was “outraged” by the request.
“This eviction is a sharp departure from tradition,” she continued. “As Speaker, I gave former Speaker Hastert a significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished.”
She called on McHenry and House Republicans to focus instead on legislation.
“Office space doesn’t matter to me, but it seems to be important to them. 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,” she said.