Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) paid a great tribute to his longtime Democrat colleague Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) who remains sidelined after being hospitalized for a case of shingles, an absence that has led some of her own party members to call for her to retire.
The Bluegrass State Republican, who himself was out of action for an extended period after taking a fall at a D.C. hotel where he was attending a private dinner last month, defended his fellow octogenarian from the Senate floor on Tuesday.
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While addressing a request from Democrats to replace the ailing 89-year-old whose ongoing absence has slowed the process of confirming President Joe Biden’s radical left-wing judges, McConnell heaped praise on Feinstein whom he called a “titanic figure” and a “stateswoman” as he wished her a speedy recovery from the painful rash.
“Some of the same far-left voices who’ve attacked Senator Feinstein in the past are now suggesting that the Senate move her off of the Judiciary Committee indefinitely. Indefinitely,” said McC0nnell. “The stated reason? The supposed emergency is that Senate Democrats are unable to push through the small fraction of their nominees that are so extreme, so extreme and so unqualified that they cannot win a single Republican vote in committee.”
“So let me say it again,” he continued for emphasis. “The far left wants the full Senate to move a senator off of committee so they can ram through a small sliver of their nominees who are especially extreme or especially unqualified.”
“Senate Republicans will not take part in sidelining a temporary absent colleague off a committee just so Democrats can force through their very worst nominees,” McConnell said.
GOP senators were able to successfully block a resolution by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that would have allowed for Feinstein to be replaced on the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) who is the committee’s ranking member rejecting the Democrat ploy, effectively forcing them to wait for DiFi’s return, whenever that may be.
Senate Democrats groused to the media as Biden’s extremist judges will languish in limbo.
“It’s a problem,” Montana Senator Jon Tester told The Hill.
“I don’t know. I can’t tell you the moves on the chessboard,” said Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in her doomed 2016 presidential campaign. “But we’re not going to give up giving our majority on the Judiciary Committee. We worked too hard for it.”
Last week, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) drew the ire of Feinstein’s allies when he took to Twitter to give the oldest member of the U.S. Senate a shove out the door, stating that “it is obvious she can no longer fulfill her duties,” a tweet that led former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to decry efforts kick DiFi to the curb as sexism.
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“It’s interesting to me. I don’t know what political agendas are at work that are going after Senator Feinstein in that way. I’ve never seen them go after a man who was sick in the Senate in that way,” Pelosi told reporters, an apparent reference to Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) who had been on hiatus for the last two months due to being treated for clinical depression before he returned to work this week.
“When I was first diagnosed with shingles, I expected to return by the end of the March work period. Unfortunately, my return to Washington has been delayed due to continued complications related to my diagnosis,” Feinstein said in a statement.
“I intend to return as soon as possible once my medical team advises that it’s safe for me to travel. In the meantime, I remain committed to the job and will continue to work from home in San Francisco,” she added.
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