House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) recently criticized the Republican Party’s move to evict two veteran Democrats from their Capitol offices.
In an article for The Washington Post, Jeffries described the eviction of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) as “short-sighted, politically motivated, and immature.”
While Pelosi was in California honoring the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), she received a notice from Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) directing her to vacate her office by the following day for him. Hoyer was similarly told to leave his designated office space on Wednesday.
Jeffries expressed his disapproval of these actions in the article, noting that such tensions followed closely on the heels of narrowly preventing a government shutdown and the unprecedented removal of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). He emphasized the Democrats’ continuous efforts to collaborate and address the discord initiated by the House Republicans. According to him, the eviction incidents are merely attempts by the House Republicans to divert attention and accountability.
Jeffries stressed the necessity for House Republicans to recognize and address the unchecked radical views within their ranks. He believes that once this is done, Democrats are prepared to discuss amending the House’s operational guidelines.
He argued for reforms in the House to encourage collaborative decision-making and to allow significant bipartisan bills to be put to a vote. Jeffries claimed that the current system enables a minority of radical members to block sensible bills.
He urged House Republicans to distance themselves from extreme factions within their party. Jeffries reaffirmed the Democrats’ commitment to bipartisan collaboration, but emphasized the need for Republicans to disassociate from radical ideologies.