Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was named the newly named interim speaker on Tuesday, GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry The North Carolina native has ordered the evacuation of his office in the Capitol building.
He maintains his regular office in the Canon House office building.
An email sent from McHenry’s office to Pelosi’s office shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, seen by CNN, read, “I’m going to reassign h-132 for Speaker’s Office use. Please vacate the space tomorrow.
Pelosi said in a statement that she was not in Washington DC to move her belongings immediately.
“Of all the major decisions of the new Republican Party that we all look forward to, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to vacate my office at the Capitol immediately,” California said. said the Democrat. “Unfortunately, I am unable to retrieve my possessions at this time as I am in California to mourn and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein.”
Feinstein’s three decades in the Senate make her the longest-serving female U.S. senator in history. He died last week At the age of 90, his health deteriorated. She will Lie in the state Wednesday at San Francisco City Hall prior to Thursday’s funeral.
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In her statement, Pelosi said the departure was “a sharp departure from tradition,” adding: “As Speaker, I gave former Speaker Hastert a substantial amount of office for as long as he wanted.”
“Office space doesn’t matter to me, but it seems important to them,” he said. “Now that the new Republican leadership has settled this important matter, we hope they will act on what really matters to the American people.”
CNN has reached out to McHenry for comment.
House Republican leadership also kicked Rep. Steny Hoyer out of his Capitol hideaway office, his office confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.
A Republican aide to the House Administration Committee, which oversees office space, told CNN it was not a request made by the committee.
Speaker pro tempore, McHenry’s official title, will preside over congressional votes and the ability to suspend the chamber, adjourn it, and approve speaker nominations to select the next speaker of the House.
House rules require Speaker Kevin McCarthy to submit a secret list to the Clerk of the People “in the order in which each vacancy shall act as Speaker pro tempore.” McHenry, McCarthy’s strongest ally, was at the top of that list.
This story has been updated with additional information.