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After Increasing Calls to Resign, Feinstein Seeking Temporary Judiciary Committee Replacement

After Increasing Calls to Resign, Feinstein Seeking Temporary Judiciary Committee Replacement

“I intend to return as soon as possible once my medical team advises that it’s safe for me to travel.”

Professor Jacobson recently reported on the “ageist” and “ableist” calls for California Senator Dianne Feinstein to resign since she is missing so many Senate votes due to illness.

She asked Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to temporarily replace her on the Judiciary Committee.

In a statement, the long-serving Democratic senator said her recovery from a case of shingles she disclosed in early March had been delayed because of complications. She provided no date for her return to the Senate and said she had asked Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to ask the Senate to allow another Democratic senator to serve in her committee seat until she was able to return.

“I intend to return as soon as possible once my medical team advises that it’s safe for me to travel,” Feinstein said. “In the meantime, I remain committed to the job and will continue to work from home in San Francisco.”

Feinstein’s decision to seek a committee stand-in during her recovery comes amid increasing anxiety within her party that her lengthy absence has damaged Democratic efforts to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominees for federal courts in a narrowly divided chamber.

She is the oldest member of Congress, at 89.

The full letter to Schumer was terse and did not address any of the calls for her resignation directly.

Democrats have held only 49 voting members in the Senate – and with the absence of another state senator, recently elected Pennsylvania rep John Fetterman, Feinstein’s vote is particularly pivotal.

Fetterman, who was hospitalized for clinical depression, is expected to return to the Senate next week – nearly two months after taking his own leave.

‘I understand that my absence could delay the important work of the Judiciary Committee,’ she wrote in the the statement’s final paragraph.

‘So I’ve asked Leader Schumer to ask the Senate to allow another Democratic senator to temporarily serve until I’m able to resume my committee work.’

The official correspondence then finishes abruptly, without any form of signoff or sense of gratitude for her colleagues putting up with her prolonged absence.

Officials are still working out how this committee replacement will occur.

It’s unclear how the mechanics of a temporary replacement on the committee will play out, but a spokesperson for Schumer said he would ask the chamber to do so next week.

“Per Sen. Feinstein’s wishes, Majority Leader Schumer will ask the Senate next week to allow another Democratic Senator to temporarily serve on the Judiciary Committee,” the spokesperson said.

Personally, I wish Feinstein a speedy recovery. As a Californian, I can tell you that the next Senator who follows will likely be worse. After all, we replaced Barbara Boxer with Kamala Harris.


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Personally, I wish Feinstein a speedy recovery.

Leslie, you are obviously a nice person… but I have a simple question.
How does anyone recover from being 90 years old?

    alaskabob in reply to amwick. | April 13, 2023 at 10:48 am

    The same way voters in Chicago have for decades….having gained immortslity. This is truly the Party of Dead Headers.

Once they’re done with you, they put you in the home. John Fetterman doesn’t need to go home and rest because his staffers vote for him and therefore still has utility.

These people are so transparently evil while they tell you they’re compassionate

Did Feinstein actually have anything to do with that statement? Do we have proof that she’s actually still alive?

This has the appearance of a charade meant to protect the democrat’s control of the senate. It should not be accepted.

    buck61 in reply to irv. | April 13, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    A bunch of her staffers are out of a job if she resigns, they are protecting their own jobs right now, buying enough time to land another job.

Just another zombie in Congress. What’s the fuss?

Democrats doing whatever is needed to preserve and use their power.

Perhaps Fetterman would be a good replacement on the Judiciary Committee.

Her shingles is puzzling, given that Shingrix is supposed to highly effective. This is one shot an older person should get, as shingles is not pleasant and can last a long time.

Lord of the Flies: Progressive style.

The sanctimonious and compassionate Left prove once again they will eat their own.

Yet, absolutely NO talk about term limits. Why not?

We need to support Feinstein however we could which is by not adding pressure for her to resign from ourselves.

If Feinstein resigns a healthier Democrat who could make 100% of senate votes will be in the senate.

The senate is a numbers game, if Feinstein can only attend some votes that is better for our numbers.

Di-Fi don’t give in, you have many years left to share your wisdom in the Senate. Giving up even temporary will be your end.
And John Fetterman hope you see what they are trying to do to Di-Fi.

caseoftheblues | April 13, 2023 at 6:34 pm

Biden… or whoever is controlling him.., is remaking the judiciary with the most radical unqualified group of candidates ever put forth in the history of this country. The GOP senators can easily stop a replacement from being seated. If they chose not to, then they are ALL just part of the same America hating totalitarian party

She’ll give up power some time after she’s dead.

Ginsburg was worse with this – not just missing SCOTUS testimony and then still voting on the case, but her opinions were entirely written by clerks and, reportedly, those clerks deciding for her what her opinion would be without bother to consult her.

At least Feinstein is simply skipping votes.

The request for a temporary reassignment of committee duties is unprecedented. If there’s no rule covering this, can Schumer replace her at will or can R’s block it? Would McConnell have the stones to even try?

Much as I can’t stand the guy, the one issue he’s been reasonably good on is judicial appointments, so he might step up.

    murkyv in reply to Aarradin. | April 13, 2023 at 10:27 pm

    Schumer can just flip The Turtle onto his back and rub the underbelly

    That puts a turtle into a sleepy trance


    caseoftheblues in reply to Aarradin. | April 14, 2023 at 8:20 am

    If the don’t get unanimous consent it goes to a vote in the Senate and that would require 60 Yes votes… …10 so called GOP members would agree to Biden putting judges in place that would make Malcom X blush with their radical destroy America views

BierceAmbrose | April 14, 2023 at 7:03 pm

Yet, the medical team obviously though it was “safe” for DiFi to travel across the country throughout The Rona that was gonna kill us all.