Speaker Nancy Pelosi is apparently cleaning House.
The California Democrat has reportedly revoked an office space belonging to Vice President Mike Pence at the U.S. House of Representatives, as the new Democratic majority settles in, according to NPR.
Though he rarely used the office, Pence, a former House member, was given the first-floor space in the U.S. Capitol by Pelosi’s Republican predecessor, former Speaker Paul Ryan, as a symbolic gesture in 2017 after President Trump’s inauguration,
In his current capacity as vice president, Pence serves as the president of the U.S. Senate and has an office on the Senate side of the Capitol which he uses when he travels to Capitol Hill to speak with lawmakers. The former Indiana governor served one term as chairman of the House Republican Conference during his six terms in Congress.
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) February 13, 2017
A senior House Democratic aide confirmed to NPR on Tuesday that Pelosi reclaimed Pence’s House office which was reassigned, and the placard above the room that identified the space was unceremoniously removed in recent weeks. Allocating space on the House side of Congress falls under the discretion of the Speaker.
“Room assignments are reviewed and changed at the beginning of every Congress,” the aide said.
VP Pence got his House side 1st floor US Capitol office in early February 2017 from Speaker Paul Ryan. 2 years later, his name over his former office door has been removed under new House Democratic majority. https://t.co/hDxKuy5W03 pic.twitter.com/UocRvWWhu4
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) March 13, 2019
According to NPR:
The speaker has sole authority to dole out office space in the Capitol, which is prized real estate for members of leadership and senior staff. While Pelosi revoked Pence’s office privileges, the aide said she is providing new office space for the White House legislative affairs team that it did not previously enjoy under the GOP majority.
Pence was the first vice president in 25 years to have dedicated House-side office space according to the Democratic aide.
Twitter users weighed in on the shuffle of real estate, with some cheering on Pelosi for yanking the office space and privileges.
Reclaiming my space
— ??? ???????? (@ellievan65) March 12, 2019
— Leslie Warlick (@WarlickLeslie) March 12, 2019
The speaker giveth, and the speaker taketh away. https://t.co/lqUxHTykWB
— Susan Davis (@DaviSusan) March 12, 2019
Many Twitter users were not amused, however, calling the move “petty” and “childish.”
The big issue for democrats. These people waste so much time. Congress sucks.
— Mike Cavalieri (@MikeCavalieri2) March 13, 2019
Can Nancy get any pettier? @SpeakerPelosi
— Irex (@Irex64181849) March 13, 2019
How petty is this…more proof Congress is juvenile and ineffective
— amarielind (@amarielind) March 13, 2019
Such petty childishness all on the taxpayers dime.
— Caddy Wompass (@caddywompass) March 13, 2019
The Democrats become The Petty Party
— AZmom (@micomazuma) March 13, 2019
Speaker Pelosi Revokes Vice President Pence’s House Office Space
A childish pathetic vengeful move by a malignant woman. pic.twitter.com/lrqqEEE5GX
— Santino giovanni (@Santinogiovann4) March 13, 2019
Great reporting, what else happened in high school today? Out here in the real world thousands of Americans die every year because they don’t have access to healthcare. Quit covering this little kid shit and get real.
— Grizzly Vet (@GrizzlyVet) March 13, 2019
While the Democratic Party continues to commit political suicide The Trump train grows bigger Vice President Pence doesn’t need an office next to them let Nancy continue to piss off the people ??????
— Dolly Meeker (@dolly_meeker) March 13, 2019
For crying out loud! Can we just stop remodeling the House and country just for one month? Do your jobs!
— Natalie Depew (@natalie_depew) March 13, 2019
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