On Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she was hospitalized for the treatment of shingles. Her absence leaves Senate Democrats without an outright majority this week, in addition to two other Democrat senators who are also away from the Capitol.
Her spokesperson announced that she was leaving D.C. for California to handle a “health matter,” which she later confirmed.
“I was diagnosed over the February recess with a case of shingles. I have been hospitalized and am receiving treatment in San Francisco and expect to make a full recovery. I hope to return to the Senate later this month,” said an 89-year-old Feinstein.
This is not the first time she has left her colleagues down for the count. According to her spokesman Adam Russell, the senator has missed several votes and committee hearings in her ill health.
Although she will not be seeking re-election in 2024, she still has nearly two years left in her term, putting her into her 90’s once she finally retires.
Feinstein has missed numerous votes and committee hearings since she began feeling unwell, according to her spokesperson Adam Russell. Feinstein, who has nearly two years left in her term, announced last month that she will not seek reelection in 2024.
In addition to Feinstein, Senators John Fetterman and Jeff Merkely are also absent Democrats.
John Fetterman is hospitalized.
Diane Feinstein is absent.
Republicans control both houses now.
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Fetterman has been hospitalized since mid-February for “clinical depression,” but many are calling for an investigation as it is rumored that the senator actually suffered another stroke, leaving him braindead.
Merkley flew back to his home state after his mother died earlier this week.
Senate Republicans are also down a member too, as Sen. Mike Crapo contracted coronavirus.
Whereas Senate Democrats generally have a 51-49 majority, giving them control of the Senate, this week has rendered them a 48-48 majority, which forces Vice President Kamala Harris to step in and cast tie-breaking votes.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 49-48 in favor of one of Biden’s judicial nominees, Margaret Guzman, to become the first Hispanic federal judge in Massachusetts. Harris also had to break a 48-48 deadlock on Tuesday to confirm Araceli Martinez-Olguin to serve as a federal judge in the Northern District of California.
What is truly crazy to me is that we have sitting senators literally going into their 90s. How is this even legal? Why do we not have a cap on these career politicians?