Shortly after two House Democrats called for Senator Dianne Feinstein to resign from the Senate due to her long absence over her health concerns, the California Senator now has officially given up her seat on the Judiciary Committee.
After being absence for over a month due to shingles, Senator Feinstein has decided to temporary hand over her Judiciary Committee Seat.
Her decision to step down came after Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna of California and Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota took to Twitter and called for the 89 year-old Senator to retire.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 89, is asking to be temporarily replaced on the Judiciary Committee while she recovers from a case of shingles. Her announcement came after two House Democrats called on her to resign because of her extended absence from Washington. https://t.co/11b4uIw1nx
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 13, 2023
Hearing rumblings that she's actually considering it.
— Tara Palmeri (@tarapalmeri) April 12, 2023
Check out what CNN reported:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday night that she had asked to be “temporarily” replaced on the Senate Judiciary Committee while she is recovering from shingles, but the California Democrat remained committed to returning to the Senate amid some pressure from her party to step down.
“I understand that my absence could delay the important work of the Judiciary Committee, 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 89-year-old Feinstein said in a statement.
Feinstein said she had expected to return to Washington “by the end of the March work period,” but that her return had been “delayed due to continued complications related to my diagnosis.” She planned to return, she said, “as soon as possible once my medical team advises that it’s safe for me to travel.”
House Dems call on Sen. Feinstein to resign amid absence from Congress | Just The News https://t.co/dJnETvYLEe
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) April 12, 2023
Here’s what Fox News reported:
Democrats are beginning to turn on one of their own as calls for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to resign from the Senate are starting to grow from within the party’s ranks.
Two House Democrats took to Twitter Wednesday to express their wishes for Feinstein to resign, alluding to concerns over her health and ability to perform her duties as a senator, despite the fact she announced her intention not to run for re-election earlier this year.
“It’s time for [Feinstein] to resign. We need to put the country ahead of personal loyalty,” Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., wrote. “While she has had a lifetime of public service, it is obvious she can no longer fulfill her duties. Not speaking out undermines our credibility as elected representatives of the people.”
Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., wrote that he agreed with Khanna, and called on others to speak out as well.
BREAKING: Although Sen. Dianne Feinstein pushed back today on calls for her resignation, she did ask to step away from the Judiciary Committee indefinitely while recovering from shingles. She was responding to mounting pressure from Democrats who’ve publicly expressed concerns… pic.twitter.com/PMELmHi1ye
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) April 13, 2023