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 October 4, 2023

McHenry removes Pelosi from Capitol office on first day as temporary House speaker

Speaker Pro Tem Patrick McHenry (R-NC) called for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to vacate her office hours after becoming the acting Speaker.

McHenry was named as the temporary Speaker after Rep. Kevin McCarthy was voted out of his role on Tuesday.

Pelosi's response

“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,” she said.

“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.”

The situation

"Pelosi is currently using a hideaway office, which only a handful of members receive. Given that she is speaker emerita, McCarthy allowed Pelosi to occupy the space. McHenry, who is a McCarthy ally, is clearly less keen on it," Mediaite reported.

"Pelosi may have some difficulty leaving the office by tomorrow, as Pelosi is in San Francisco attending memorial services for her friend and former Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who died last week," it added.

The background

"Most lawmakers have offices in the buildings surrounding the Capitol -- not in the Capitol itself," ABC 7 reported.

"Hideaway offices are private unmarked spaces in the Capitol, typically reserved for members of House leadership. But as a former speaker, Pelosi was allowed to keep one," it continued.

The stunning turn of events came as McCarthy was ousted from his role as House Speaker in an unprecedented move led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

Eight Republicans voted with all Democrats against McCarthy, forcing him out of his brief return to the role in February after Republicans regained a majority after the 2022 elections.

The House will now move forward with the nomination process for a new Speaker who will need to satisfy the most conservative voices in the House who led the movement to end McCarthy's leadership.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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