Defying calls to resign, Feinstein returns to looming Judiciary agenda

Defying Calls To Resign, Feinstein Returns To Looming Judiciary Agenda - Aivcpfmxxuoir5Gmh2Bqcimjhu
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After a months-long absence that sparked an intra-party debate about judicial nominees, sexism and the Democratic agenda, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) cast her tiebreaking vote for three of President Biden’s stalled judges from her seat in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week — breaking the stalemate that had led some progressives to unsuccessfully call for her resignation.

The 89-year-old senator received a bipartisan standing ovation as she was helped to her seat by an aide, still visibly suffering the lingering effects of the shingles diagnosis that has sidelined her since late February.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the chair of the Judiciary Committee who has complained that her absence hamstrung his committee at a crucial time, expressed his “relief” Thursday that she was back, and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) crowed from the Senate floor that he expected to “to move forward on many more judges” in the…

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