Pelosi Blinks: After Incoming House Dinner Skewered

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source: MSN/Business Insider

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is under fire for hosting a dinner as part of orientation week for new House Democrats and Republicans.
  • Drew Hamill, Pelosi’s chief of staff, later tweeted that the event “has been modified to allow Members-elect to pick up their meals to go in a socially-distanced manner,” but did not specify if the seated dinner was cancelled. 
  • Federal and state officials, including Democratic leaders, have urged Americans to reconsider large, family gatherings like Thanksgiving for the holiday season.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, after intense scrutiny over respective sit-down dinners for incoming Democratic and Republican House members during their orientation week, changed the meal to take-away boxed dinners.

In a press conference this morning, Pelosi reiterated the threat of COVID-19 as a “red alert” and an “emergency of the highest magnitude.”

Initially, the dinner, following orientation week activities for House freshmen, was planned to be seated and in-person dinner. When asked about the dinner by NBC News, Pelosi responded that “it’s very spaced.” 

Speaking with NBC News on Capitol Hill earlier, Pelosi said:

“We have all the permission and the ventilation from the doctor.”

Nancy Pelosi

Critics and journalists on Twitter were quick to point out that the dinner was being held despite the “red alert” designation, as COVID-19 cases surge across the country, and Americans are being asked to rethink holiday gatherings.

Late Friday evening, after a day of criticism, Pelosi’s office announced a shift to the event.

“Our office strictly follows the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician, including for this dinner. To be a further model for the nation, this event has been modified to allow Members-elect to pick up their meals to go in a socially-distanced manner.”

Drew Hammill
Pelosi’s Chief of Staff

An hour later, Hammill tweeted:

“Members-elect are now picking up their boxed meals and departing the Capitol. There is no group dinner. Members-elect are in DC already for orientation.” 

Drew Hammill
Pelosi’s Chief of Staff

At least two states imposed new lockdown restrictions today and several states added travel advisories ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Congresswoman-elect Ashley Henson, a Republican from Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, was unable to attend the orientation this week as she tested positive for COVID-19.

Pelosi’s office backs down. Incoming House member dinner switches to boxed meals after event gets skewered on social media.

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