Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi from California criticized the idea proposed by some members of the Republican party to enhance the authority of the current Speaker Pro Tempore, Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, amidst the party’s difficulties in appointing a new Speaker.
Pelosi, in a discussion with CNN, emphasized that simply augmenting McHenry’s powers isn’t feasible. “The only way for Mr. McHenry to wield the significant powers associated with the role is by officially appointing him as the Speaker,” she asserted.
This statement comes at a time when the Republicans were considering a temporary arrangement that would enable McHenry to oversee the passage of bills until January, given that the House has been without a Speaker for two weeks. However, this strategy might be on hold as Representative Jim Jordan from Ohio, the party’s preferred candidate for Speaker, anticipates another round of voting.
Jordan expressed his commitment to securing the position. “Our proposal was meant to ease tensions and resume normal operations,” he explained to the press. “However, we’re shifting our strategy. I remain in the race for Speaker and am determined to secure the necessary support.”
Representative Lisa McClain of Michigan, serving as the secretary for the House GOP conference, mentioned that Jordan plans to engage with the dissenting Republicans before initiating another voting session.
In her interview, Pelosi voiced concerns regarding the duration and extent of the proposed powers for McHenry. “The issues at hand are the nature of the powers, the timing, and the overall framework,” she stated, expressing trust in Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries from New York to handle the situation.
Pelosi stressed the urgency of appointing a Speaker to address pressing global matters, including the intensifying conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the ongoing situation in Ukraine, and other vital issues.
She also commended President Biden’s recent trip to Israel to address the ongoing conflict, lauding his efforts in establishing a humanitarian aid passage into Gaza in cooperation with Egypt.
“Our president has demonstrated remarkable leadership,” Pelosi remarked. “He has a profound understanding of the ties between the U.S. and Israel, recognizing them as partners in values and strategy, and acknowledges our global responsibility to respect all nations.”
She concluded by emphasizing the necessity of assisting Gaza’s residents, urging Arab nations, particularly Egypt, to take more substantial actions, especially concerning humanitarian access.