Jeffries Criticizes Attempt to Evict Pelosi and Hoyer as “Childish and Politically Motivated”
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) recently criticized Republicans for their attempts to evict two leading Democrats from their Capitol offices.
In a recent article for The Washington Post, Jeffries described the move to force former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) out of their rooms as “childish, politically motivated, and spiteful.”
While Pelosi was in California honoring the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) asked her to vacate her office by the following day to accommodate him. Hoyer experienced a similar eviction from his office on Wednesday.
Jeffries took issue with McHenry’s actions in his article. After narrowly preventing a government closure and the notable removal of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Jeffries mentioned that the situation only worsened.
Jeffries expressed that Democrats have always been on the lookout for solutions that cater to both parties, aiming to move past the chaos initiated by the House Republicans. In his view, the push to evict Pelosi and Hoyer was an attempt by the Republicans to deflect responsibility.
He further argued that the GOP needs to address the unchecked radicalism in their group. Once done, Democrats are open to discussing adjustments to the House’s operational rules.
Jeffries wrote that it’s essential for the House to evolve in a way that fosters collective decision-making and quick voting on broadly supported bills. “As it stands now, a few extreme individuals in key positions can hinder the progress of sensible legislation,” Jeffries remarked.
He urged the GOP to distance themselves from their more extreme members. While Democrats remain dedicated to a collaborative approach, Jeffries emphasized that the onus is on Republicans to abandon extreme ideologies.