Democrats are calling for the resignation of Senator Dianne Feinstein, as concerns over her health and ability to perform her duties as a senator have mounted. Her continued absence from the Senate Judiciary Committee is stalling court nominations which Democrats are eager to get across the line. Two House Democrats expressed their wishes for Feinstein to step down on Twitter on Wednesday, citing concerns over her health.
“It’s time for [Feinstein] to resign. We need to put the country ahead of personal loyalty. “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. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., wrote.
Feinstein, who is 89 years old and has served in the Senate for more than 30 years, was hospitalized for shingles last month and has faced other health issues, including concerning reports related to her mental fitness. These issues have raised concerns over whether she can effectively carry out her duties as a senator.
Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., agreed with Khanna, writing, “Senator Feinstein is a remarkable American whose contributions to our country are immeasurable. But I believe it’s now a dereliction of duty to remain in the Senate and a dereliction of duty for those who agree to remain quiet,”
In a response to the calls from Democrats, Feinstein announced on Wednesday that she had asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to be “temporarily replaced” on the Judiciary Committee.
In her statement, she said, “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.”
Despite announcing earlier this year that she does not intend to run for re-election, the calls for her resignation have continued to mount. Prior to her retirement announcement, Feinstein had also faced calls to resign.