On Wednesday, two House Democrats called for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to resign following the rising concerns about her prolonged absence from Congress. Feinstein, 89, is already planning on retiring in 2024.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) took to Twitter to call for her resignation. As he argued, it was time for the country to be put above “personal loyalty.” He added that Feinstein has had a “lifetime of public service” but is clearly no longer in a position to “fulfill her duties.” He further claimed that not speaking out about this would undermine “our credibility as elected representatives of the people.”
Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) also wrote his own tweet following Khanna’s call for Feinstein’s resignation. In his own message, he wrote about her being a “remarkable American” who had contributed to the country, but that it would be a “dereliction of duty” for her to continue serving in the Senate, and that it would be a dereliction of duty to not call for her resignation.
Feinstein has taken an absence during her recovery from shingles. Her absence has meant that President Biden’s judicial appointments have not been able to move forward because she holds a seat in the Judiciary Committee.
Following these two remarks, Feinstein also spoke up stating that she had asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “to allow another Democratic senator to temporarily serve” on the Judiciary panel until she is able to return to her appointment. She has not yet provided a timeline for her expected return to the Capitol, arguing that it would be up to her medical team to determine when she is in a position to travel again.