Madam Speaker: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the U.S. Speaker of the House
(December 5 — December 11)
Tuesday, Madam Speaker met with Chef José Andrés and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in the Speaker’s Office. That evening, Madam Speaker joined the Congressional Black Caucus for a candlelight vigil on the East Capitol Steps in support of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Wednesday, Madam Speaker hosted her weekly press conference at the Capitol Visitor Center. In the afternoon, she hosted current and former Members of Congress and their guests for a holiday reception in the Cannon House Office Building. Madam Speaker then welcomed His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway to the United States Capitol to discuss bilateral issues and transatlantic relations, green transition and trade, and the United Nations and NATO.
Madam Speaker and Congressional Leadership on Thursday welcomed President Biden, Vice President Harris and the Dole family for the lying in state of The Honorable Robert J. Dole in the United States Capitol Rotunda. She later spoke with His Royal Highness Charles, The Prince of Wales, and discussed COP26 and their continued collaboration to solve the climate crisis. That afternoon, Madam Speaker joined Chairman Adam Schiff, Chairman Jerry Nadler and Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney for a press conference on the House passage of the Protecting Our Democracy Act.
Friday morning, Madam Speaker joined Chairwoman Maloney, Members of Congress and advocates to unveil findings of the Oversight Committee’s three-year investigation into pharmaceutical pricing and business practices and highlight the need to pass the Build Back Better Act to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Following the press conference, she joined the family of Senator Bob Dole and Members of Congressional Leadership for the departure of the late Senator from the Capitol Rotunda. Madam Speaker later signed a bill to fast-track the process needed to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the country from defaulting.
On Saturday in San Francisco, Madam Speaker joined Bay Area Representatives Jackie Speier and Mark DeSaulnier, local Bay Area transit, rail and union leaders at the Salesforce Transit Center to discuss how the job-creating bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act makes historic investments to modernize our public transit and rail systems.
Take a look at this week’s behind-the-scenes photos: