Uh-Oh…Feinstein Has ‘Awkward’ Moment in the Middle of a Simple Vote – Watch
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) appeared to have an “awkward moment” on Wednesday when she began to deliver a speech during a vote on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
During a markup of the defense appropriations bill, senators were asked to participate in a roll call vote.
Feinstein, who was called on first for the vote, began a speech instead.
“I would like to support a ‘yes’ vote on this. It provides 823 billion, that’s an increase of 26 billion for the Department of Defense and it funds priorities submitted…,” Feinstein read from a paper.
She was interrupted by a staffer whispering in her ear, and Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) told Feinstein to “Just say ‘aye.’” With a chuckle, Feinstein said “Aye,” and the vote continued.
The incident has drawn attention to Feinstein’s age and her ability to serve in the Senate. Feinstein is 90 years old, and she is the oldest sitting senator.
Some critics have argued that Feinstein is no longer fit to serve in the Senate, and they have called for her to resign. However, Feinstein has said that she plans to stay in office until her term ends in 2024.
The incident has also sparked a debate about the role of senior citizens in government. Some people believe that there should be an age limit for senators, while others believe that age should not be a factor in determining whether someone is fit to serve in office.
Feinstein announced in February she would not seek re-election in 2024. Three House Democrats — Reps. Adam Schiff, Katie Porter, and Barbara Lee — have announced campaigns to replace Feinstein in the Senate.
But some of Feinstein’s fellow Democrats have called on her to step down before her term is up. That includes Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), though he said he would give the “situation the benefit of the doubt” and is “hopeful” that Feinstein will be able to fulfill her duties.
Asked to vote on the defense appropriations bill, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) begins giving a speech: “I would like to support a ‘yes’ vote on this. It provides …”
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA): “Just say aye.” pic.twitter.com/Gw2eZ9rEMv
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