WASHINGTON (AP) — Just days into his long-shot bid for speaker of the House, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah is already butting heads with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
At issue is whether or not he’s ever invited her out for burgers.
The two lawmakers share a birthday: March 26 (Pelosi was born on that date in 1940, Chaffetz in 1967).
Chaffetz disclosed this coincidence Monday as he discussed his plans to run for speaker against Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
He also said that he’s invited Pelosi annually for burgers but has received no response.
“Nancy Pelosi and I share the same birthday, and every year I’ve sent her a note asking to take her to Five Guys,” Chaffetz said. “She’s never even responded. With this new gig I get a new car so maybe I can pick her up.”
Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, disputed Chaffetz’s story Tuesday, saying that Pelosi had never received an invite from the congressman.
But Chaffetz stood by the account and elaborated through spokeswoman M.J. Henshaw, who said the lawmaker hand-delivers written notes to Pelosi’s office.
For his part, Hammill stood by his denial, insisting: “We have never received such an invitation.”
Like so many other partisan disputes on Capitol Hill, this one may never be resolved.
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Three dozen Democratic House members released a letter to the Nobel Committee in Norway on Tuesday nominating him.
“Pope Francis is an articulate and effective voice for fundamental human rights and is highly deserving of recognition by the Nobel Committee,” reads the letter released by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
“The receipt of such an award would be a profound recognition of the Pope’s commitment to furthering the cause of peace around the world.”
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