Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is facing a new wave of pressure from within her own party to step down immediately.
According to the Washington Examiner, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is the latest Democratic lawmaker to call for Feinstein to resign her post, citing her missed work since earlier this year that has cost the party key votes, and has created an insurmountable wall Republicans are using to block President Joe Biden's appointees.
Tlaib joined other Dems in calling for her resignation after Democrats lost a key Senate vote on a climate-related legislative vote.
A growing number of liberal activist groups have also ramped up pressure on Feinstein to step down.
Tlaib held nothing back as she made known her position on the trouble Feinstein's absence is causing the Democratic Party.
"Because Sen. Feinstein was absent, Republicans are passing legislation through the Senate, undermining the right of our residents to breathe clean air," Tlaib tweeted.
She added: "And with a far-right judiciary targeting our human rights, we are unable to confirm judges. Sen. Feinstein must step down."
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“Because Sen. Feinstein was absent, Republicans are passing legislation through the Senate, undermining the right of our residents to breathe clean air!"
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Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) has led the charge on the Democratic side in demanding Feinstein hang it up.
"Because Senator Feinstein was absent, the Senate overturned a Biden rule that would cut pollution from heavy duty trucks and causes harm to people’s lungs," Khanna said last week. "We are putting decorum over democracy and our values. It’s time for Senator Feinstein to step down gracefully."
In late February, Feinstein was reportedly diagnosed with shingles, taking her out of action.
She has insisted that she will return to the Senate chamber but has not provided any kind of notion as to when that might be. Of course, her absence early on was understandable and forgiven by her side, but as the weeks marched on, the tone changed in a big way.
It's not surprising, as Democrats and especially the Biden administration, have plenty on their plates of failure to deal with, let alone being in a position where Republicans can block what Dems consider key agenda items.
Feinstein had originally compromised and allowed to be temporarily replaced on the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, but Republicans quickly blocked that play.