After being away from the Senate Judiciary Committee since February due to a shingles illness, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California reportedly formally requested Wednesday evening that she be allowed to resign from per position on the committee.
Because the senator’s absence resulted in a delay in the judicial confirmation process, Democratic members of the Senate have criticized her, and some Democratic congress-members have even demanded that she quit.
Feinstein has stated that she would not resign from her position on the Judiciary Committee; nevertheless, she has asked to be temporarily removed from the committee so that she may focus on getting better.
Schumer will reportedly pose the matter to the Senate next week in an effort to oust Feinstein from her position on the committee.
In order for the resolution to be approved, either unanimous agreement or sixty votes are needed.
As a result of Feinstein’s absence, Democrats are eager to get this through the Senate, where she has missed roughly 60 votes during her time being ill, a fact which has significantly hampered the Democratic agenda in the Senate.
Feinstein, who is now 89 years old and was first elected to the Senate in 1992, made the decision in February not to run for re-election.
Reps. Adam Schiff and Katie Porter of California both made public announcements in January that they plan on running for the seat in 2024 when it becomes vacant.
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