Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s recent public appearance has raised serious concern amongst lawmakers and the public. During a Senate vote on Thursday, Feinstein appeared confused and began delivering a speech instead of participating in the vote. This has led some to question her mental fitness and ability to do her job as the oldest current member of the Senate at 90 years old.
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
— The Recount (@therecount) July 27, 2023
Feinstein’s recent absence due to shingles treatment and her return to the Senate in a wheelchair have only added to the speculation surrounding her health. While she has announced that she will not seek reelection in 2024, some fellow Democrats are calling for her to step down before her term is up.
This development is particularly concerning as Feinstein sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the funding of critical national defense programs. Her confusion during a vote on defense appropriations raises questions about her ability to make informed decisions regarding national security and the safety of American citizens.
Odd moment: McConnell freezes at start of Senate GOP leadership press conference and is escorted to the side by his colleagues pic.twitter.com/hT5bLnstOS
— Raquel Martin (@RaquelMartinTV) July 26, 2023
The situation is made all the more alarming by the recent episode involving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who also appeared to have a momentary lapse during a press conference this week. While McConnell has stated that he is fine, reports suggest that he has fallen at least twice in recent months, raising concerns about his ability to fulfill his duties as a leader in Congress.
It is imperative that our elected officials are able to carry out their responsibilities in a competent and effective manner. The health and well-being of our lawmakers is not a partisan issue, and we must come together to ensure that our government functions as it should. It is time for Feinstein and McConnell to put the needs of the country above their own and consider stepping down if they are unable to fulfill their duties properly. The safety and security of the American people depend on it.