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Harris move into vice president’s residence delayed

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Vice President Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKaty Perry and her ‘Firework’ close out inauguration TV special Biden’s first foreign leader call to be with Canada’s Trudeau on Friday Harris now ‘the most influential woman’ in American politics MORE’s move into a home on the Naval Observatory’s grounds in northwest Washington, D.C., has been delayed because it is in need of repairs.

Her office told Politico on Wednesday evening that the traditional vice president’s residence at One Observatory Circle needs to have its chimney liners replaced and other household maintenance now that former Vice President Pence and his family have moved out. The delay will “allow for repairs to the home that are more easily conducted with the home unoccupied.”

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

Harris currently has a home in the nation’s capital from her time serving as a senator from California.

It is unclear if she will be living there while waiting for the work to be completed. The vice president’s office did not disclose where she will be staying, citing security reasons.

The residence on the Naval Observatory’s grounds was built in 1893 and was designated as the home for the vice president by Congress in 1974.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale was the first second-in-command to occupy the home, according to the White House.

Harris made history on Wednesday as the first woman as well as the first Black and South Asian American person to hold the office of vice president.  Her husband, Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffObama to Harris as she arrives to inauguration: ‘So proud of you’ Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman escorts Kamala Harris to inauguration LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden takes oath as 46th US president MORE, has become the country’s first second gentleman.

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She spoke briefly with her predecessor on the steps of the Capitol as he and his wife, former second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceTrump extended Secret Service protection for family members in final days in office: report Harris, Emhoff bid Pences farewell from Capitol steps Biden urges Americans to join together in appeal for unity MORE, left the inauguration ceremony. 

Pence spoke to Harris by phone last week to offer assistance ahead of the inauguration, and he also left a handwritten note for her at the White House, according to a source familiar with the decision.

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