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Acting Speaker Patrick McHenry Sends Nancy Pelosi a Brutal Order — ‘Please Vacate’

Acting Speaker of the House Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) has initiated a significant move, one that has sparked controversy among his Democratic counterparts.

BBC News reported on Wednesday, October 4, that this development comes after he assumed the role of Speaker following the ousting of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), orchestrated by a coalition of GOP rebels and Democrats who united to vacate McCarthy’s seat.

In a bold move, McHenry issued a directive to former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to vacate her office and ordered a re-keying of the space.

An email sent to Pelosi’s office, as reported by Politico, stated, “Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed,” with a note that the room would be repurposed for Speaker office use.

Pelosi had been utilizing a hideaway office, a privilege granted to only a select few members.

McCarthy had permitted her to continue using this office due to her past role as Speaker. However, McHenry, a staunch ally of McCarthy, has taken a different stance on the matter.

Notably, Pelosi was absent from the House during the vote to remove McCarthy, as she was in California attending the funeral of longtime Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, who had recently passed away at the age of 90.

Pelosi responded to McHenry’s directive while expressing her regret, stating, “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 characterized the move as “a sharp departure from tradition” and pointed out that she had provided a “significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished” to former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) during her tenure.

She concluded by urging the new Republican leadership to focus on matters important to the American people.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ staff assisted Pelosi’s office in relocating, according to a spokesperson for the former Speaker.

The vote to vacate the Speaker’s chair resulted in a 216 to 210 decision, ultimately leading to McCarthy’s removal from the position. McCarthy had previously indicated that he would not seek the position again.

Before the vote, McCarthy acknowledged the challenges he faced, admitting the likelihood that five Republicans would vote with the Democrats.

He maintained that he did not anticipate any support from the Democratic side and reiterated his commitment to prioritizing governance over grievances, emphasizing the importance of negotiation and compromise in government.

Jeffries emphasized on social media that Democrats would not intervene to save McCarthy, stating, “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.” He expressed Democrats’ dedication to improving the lives of everyday Americans and encouraged more traditional Republican colleagues to distance themselves from extremists and work towards ending chaos and dysfunction within their party.

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