Dianne Feinstein ‘Hopeful’ to Return to Senate Next Week

Dianne Feinstein
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is “hopeful” she will return to the U.S. Senate next week, according to notes from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

“I spoke with Sen. Feinstein yesterday [Monday]. We are both hopeful she can return next week,” the Senate majority leader’s notes said at Tuesday’s press conference. The California senator’s return was listed as a possible response if asked if it was time to tell Feinstein to return or resign so the Senate could deal with the debt ceiling.

Feinstein, who is 89 years old and plans to retire at the end of her current term, has been absent from work since early March after she was hospitalized with shingles. In her absence, the Senate Judiciary Committee has remained at a deadlocked 10-10 on many issues, splitting the committee in half between Democrats and Republicans.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein speaks, as Sen. Chuck Schumer listens, during a press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 4, 2018. (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

However, Feinstein will be a crucial vote if the Senate Democrats want to block the House Republicans’ debt ceiling plan. But, President Joe Biden’s Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, had raised alarms on Monday after saying the debt ceiling could be reached by June 1.

Schumer did not address the specific question during his press conference, according to Politico, but the Senate majority leader’s spokesperson told the publication that “It was in his notes, and he would have said [it] if someone asked.”

On Tuesday, Politico noted that the California Democrat’s office said she “continues to make progress in her recovery” after being hospitalized. Still, her staff “don’t have a timeline yet for her return to Washington, which is dependent on her medical team saying it is safe to travel.”

Her office also confirmed to Politico that the two senators spoke on Monday.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jbliss@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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