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Pelosi Kicked Out Mike Pence from His House-Side Congressional Office

The vice president received the space when Paul Ryan was speaker, but Nancy Pelosi reportedly revoked it.

By NTK Staff | 03.13.2019 @10:15am
Pelosi Kicked Out Mike Pence from His House-Side Congressional Office

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) revoked an office given to Vice President Mike Pence during the previous Congress, according to an NPR report published Tuesday.

Previous Speaker Paul Ryan had given Pence the office shortly after he was sworn in as vice president as a “symbolic gesture” of the warm relationship between the White House and Congress.

That all changed when Pelosi took back the speaker’s gavel this year. NPR has more:

A placard above the door identifying it as Pence’s House office was quietly removed in recent weeks. A House Democratic aide confirmed to NPR that the space will be reassigned. “Room assignments are reviewed and changed at the beginning of every Congress,” the aide said.

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.

It’s a petty move by Pelosi, but not an altogether surprising one. A Democratic aide noted to The Hill that it’s been 25 years since a vice president held a House-side office in the Capitol. The Constitution designates the vice president as the president of the Senate, but the position has no formal role in the House. Pence, however, served six terms as a member of Congress from Indiana.

“The vice president rarely used the space,” according to NPR.

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