Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) voted for the new speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, with bravado on Thursday, shouting, “Reclaiming my time!”

The move by a smiling Waters was met with shouts and applause from many other members of Congress.

Maxine Waters was asked who she was voting for and responded, "Reclaiming my time… Nancy Pelosi"

— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 3, 2019

As they are wont to do, people on Twitter had a lot to say about the moment:

Maxine Waters really just said "reclaiming my time" before her speaker vote… Icon.

— Josh (@joshi_xcx) January 3, 2019

Voting for Speaker, @RepMaxineWaters declared: “I’m reclaiming my time: Nancy Pelosi.”Auntie is a #MemeQueen

— Zel McCarthy (@ZelMcCarthy) January 3, 2019

And @RepMaxineWaters shouts "RECLAIMING MY TIME" as she votes for @NancyPelosi. There is hope today, people. REAL HOPE.

— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (@ECMcLaughlin) January 3, 2019

The congresswoman’s now-famous catchphrase stems from a 2017 interaction with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Asking the secretary about an unanswered letter during a House Financial Services Committee hearing that year, Waters refused to allow him to waste any of her allotted time. Every single time Mnuchin did not directly answer her questions, she repeated, “Reclaiming my time.”

The phrase quickly became a meme, resulting in laughter from some …


— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) July 28, 2017

The internet remains undefeated. #ReclaimingMyTime

— Preston Mitchum (@PrestonMitchum) July 28, 2017

I'm taking back what the devil stole from me #ReclaimingMyTime

— nwahsur (@SirRWalters) July 28, 2017

… and vitriol from others.

Waters Refuses to Stop Interrupting Mnuchin During Finance Hearing: ‘Reclaiming My Time’

— Major Victor Bravo❌ (@Conservatexian) July 27, 2017 Download

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