Social media users are sharing a clip from the House of Representatives on Jan. 11, claiming it proves Nancy Pelosi is no longer the Speaker.
This claim is missing context: the clip shows the designation of a “Speaker pro tempore,” a temporary Speaker, which is common practice.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to reporters a day after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump occupied the Capitol, during a news conference in Washington, U.S., January 7, 2021.
Signed Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives.” Captions on the posts read, “Pelosi is no longer the speaker of the House – 1/11/21” or “Jan 11, 2021 Nancy Pelosi is No Longer Speaker of the House.”This is a real clip from a House Pro Forma session on Jan. 11, as seen in this C-SPAN video from the 5 minute 10 second mark here .
Nancy Pelosi did designate Debbie Dingell as speaker pro tempore on Jan. 11, however this is a commonly used temporary appointment and does not involve Pelosi giving up her title.
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