(TheConservativeTimes.org) – Rep. Ro Khanna (D. Calif.) took to social media calling on Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D. Calif.) to “step down gracefully” after a prolonged absence to recover from a protracted case of shingles and pointed to a recent vote that overturned a Biden administration rule regarding emissions standards with large trucks in which Senator Feinstein was unable to cast a vote.
Rep Rashida Tlaib (D. Mich.), an ultra-progressive member of the ‘Squad,’ joined the chorus of lawmakers in the push to have Feinstein step down. Tlaib attacked the senator for the prolonged absence on the chamber floor, lamenting the overturned Biden regulation by the GOP, while she recovers.
April 12, 2023, Senator Feinstein released a public statement about a further delay in her return to Washington D.C. after complications related to the shingles diagnosis. Feinstein signaled her intent to return as soon as feasible and medically advised, making no mention of resigning.
Additionally, Feinstein called on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D. NY) to request a Democratic senator to serve in her place until she is “able to resume… committee work.”
All the Democratic lawmakers speaking out in favor of Feinstein resigning her seat laud her contributions to the American public during her 30-year career while simultaneously pushing their fellow democrats to uphold their duty and not “remain quiet” about Feinstein’s absence.
With a logjam of judicial nominations by Biden’s administration, the crowd of progressive lawmakers is getting larger and louder, leaving many to wonder where this overall sentiment was in the case of Senator John Fetterman (D. PA) in his 3-month absence to recover from having a stroke.
However, on April 27, 2023, the Senate Judiciary did advance one nominee, while 6 others remain without Feinstein’s presence. Judge Amanda Brailsford gained the committee’s support by voice vote, rare in a judicial nomination. If confirmed, Brailsford would be the first woman to serve in Idaho as a U.S. district judge.
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