In a move that has garnered widespread support among Republicans on social media, interim House Speaker Patrick McHenry, a Republican from North Carolina, has taken a decisive step by evicting Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the former Democratic Speaker of the House, from her private Capitol office. This move has sparked intense reactions, with conservative X users, formally known as Twitter, applauding McHenry’s decision.
The eviction came following McHenry’s ascension to the role of speaker pro tempore after Rep. Kevin McCarthy was removed from the speaker position, a development stemming from a vote led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida.
McHenry conveyed the eviction notice to Pelosi via email, informing her that her office had been reassigned for “speaker office use” and directing her to “Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed.”
Furthermore, Pelosi’s spokesperson confirmed the removal of her belongings on the same day, coordinated with the assistance of House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ staff.
Pelosi responded to her eviction with criticism aimed at Republicans, stating, “With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol.”
In addition, she mentioned her inability to retrieve her belongings due to being in California to mourn the loss of her friend, Dianne Feinstein.
Conservative Twitter users rallied behind McHenry, viewing his move as a demonstration of strength and a firm stance against Pelosi’s leadership. Many celebrated the decision as a bold step towards reshaping the leadership landscape. Some highlighted Pelosi’s absence from her duties, questioning her priorities during a critical time for the nation.
Supportive voices on social media, including Republican lawmakers and prominent figures, praised McHenry’s actions. They commended his resolve and described it as a much-needed departure from the previous leadership’s approach.
Maria Shriver, the former wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, noted, “It’s time for a change. We need leadership that prioritizes the nation’s well-being.”
Republican Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts defended McHenry’s decision, emphasizing the importance of strong leadership and a fresh direction for the Republican Party. He remarked, “This is a decisive move that demonstrates the GOP’s commitment to effective governance.”
Pro-Republican Twitter users and conservative commentators, such as Claude Taylor and Chris D. Jackson, voiced their support for McHenry’s action, characterizing it as a principled stand. They contended that it signified a return to core conservative values and a rejection of partisan politics.
The eviction of Nancy Pelosi from her Capitol office by interim Speaker Patrick McHenry has ignited enthusiasm among Republicans who view it as a bold step towards reshaping the leadership landscape. It has prompted discussions about the need for decisive leadership and a fresh approach to governance in Washington.
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NY Lawmakers want to tax tech giants to get $500M to fund unemployment benefits for illegal migrants
New York lawmakers are debating over a proposed Democratic initiative that would pave the way for a multibillion-dollar fund designed to provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants. Spearheaded by state Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, the proposal has ignited passionate discussions within the Senate Finance Committee, where it currently awaits further deliberation.
The Center Square reports the proposal would utilize a $500 million trust fund earmarked specifically to offer jobless benefits for individuals who find themselves ineligible for traditional unemployment payments and other public assistance programs. To finance this ambitious endeavor, proponents of the plan are advocating for the imposition of a novel tax targeting tech behemoths like Google and Amazon. This tax, aimed at digital advertising revenue, is projected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars to sustain the fund.
Ramos has alluded to her belief that migrants are a fundamental contribution to the state’s economy. Despite their authorization to work, payment of taxes, and active involvement in the labor force, undocumented immigrants face a glaring disparity—they are excluded from accessing vital safety nets like unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs.
In a social media post, Ramos cited the expiration of federal unemployment insurance for freelancers and the depletion of the Excluded Workers Fund. She argues vehemently for a safety net aligned with the evolving dynamics of the labor market, one that extends support to all workers, regardless of their immigration status.
The proposed fund, aptly named the Unemployment Bridge Program, outlines comprehensive eligibility criteria encompassing a spectrum of marginalized workers—from undocumented migrants to freelancers and individuals recently released from incarceration or immigrant detention. By establishing clear guidelines and procedures, the program endeavors to streamline the application process, ensuring equitable access to unemployment benefits for those in need.
The initiative comes in the wake of prolonged deliberations regarding jobless benefits for undocumented immigrants and nontraditional workers in New York. Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state previously allocated $2.1 billion to the Excluded Workers Fund, offering a lifeline to those excluded from conventional unemployment benefits.
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