Finally, the Senate Judiciary Committee can approve President Biden's appointments. Yesterday, May 9th, Feinstein returned to Washington DC after her extended bought with the shingles. In early March, the 89-year-old senator announced she was hospitalized in San Francisco and needed an extended absence to recover.
Republicans successfuly abused her absence to grind judicial appointments to a halt. The pain became great enough that some Democrats were calling for her resignation. Feinstein has served California as a Senator since 1992.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is returning to Washington on Tuesday after a months-long absence due to illness, her spokesman said, restoring Democrats' 51-49 majority to full strength.
The 89-year-old lawmaker had been sidelined since February as she recovered from a bout of shingles, which had led to calls from some fellow Democrats that she step aside and allow someone else to take her place.
"I'm glad that my friend Dianne is back in the Senate and ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. "After talking with her multiple times over the past few weeks, it's clear she's back where she wants to be and ready to deliver for California."