Democrat Representative Nancy Pelosi Claims Calls for Senator Dianne Feinstein to Resign are Sexist

Democrat Representative Nancy Pelosi has blasted calls for Dem Senator Dianne Feinstein to resign as sexist.

Democrats are scrambling to fill the California senator’s seat on the Judiciary Committee after Feinstein asked to be temporarily replaced amid a long absence on Capitol Hill because of shingles.

Two male congressional Democrats asked Feinstein to resign, but Pelosi defended her fellow lawmaker.

“Senator Feinstein has been a champion for California for 20 years,” said Pelosi. “She deserves that respect to get well and be back on duty. It’s interesting to me. I don’t know what political agendas are at work that is 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.”

Feinstein, who is 89, has spent almost two months away from the Capitol while recovering from shingles.

The senator’s absence, combined with Democrat Senator John Fetterman’s hospital stay, has proved problematic for Democrats, whose sim majority makes it more challenging to confirm President Joe Biden’s appointees or pass legislation without all their lawmakers present.

Senator Feinstein has missed almost 60 votes since her mid-February shingles diagnosis.

However, male senators have served well into advanced age amid questions about their health. Those include Strom Thurmond of South Carolina and Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Thurmond retired after becoming the only lawmaker to reach the age of 100 in office, while Byrd died in office.

The calls for Feinstein to resign came ahead of lawmakers returning to Washington, D.C., following a two-week legislative break next week. It also comes as judges remain in the spotlight with the recent ruling on the use of the most commonly used abortion drug in the U.S.

Fellow Dems turn to social media to call for Feinstein’s resignation

Representatives Dean Phillips and Ro Khanna turned to social media calling for Feinstein to step down. Following their pressure, Feinstein asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to appoint a temporary replacement for her spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which controls judicial confirmations.

Democrats cannot proceed with President Biden’s judicial nominees about Feinstein’s vote.

Senator Schumer agreed to a replacement but has yet to say who he will name to the spot. Schumer will need GOP cooperation to replace Feinstein, although it is unclear if Republican senators, who oppose the president’s judicial nominees, will do so.

Democrats need to pass a resolution on the Senate floor to replace Feinstein. The move would require Republican votes to move it through the legislative process. Schumer could also ask for unanimous consent to replace Senator Feinstein; however, that would require that no GOP senator object.

Senator Feinstein is the oldest sitting United States senator and the longest-serving female senator. She has already announced she won’t seek re-election in 2024 but has pushed back against calls for her to resign.

However, the senator has almost two years left in her term. Her resignation could complicate the race to replace her. Democrat Governor of California Gavin Newsom would have to appoint a successor.