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AOC Calls For Sen. Diane Feinstein To Resign

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Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is adding her voice to scattered calls from other Democrats for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to resign from her Senate seat.

Ocasio-Cortez, a leading House progressive with a massive social media following, said the 89-year-old California democrat “should retire,” adding that “criticisms of that stance as ‘anti-feminist’ are a farce.”

“Her refusal to either retire or show up is causing great harm to the judiciary – precisely where repro rights are getting stripped. That failure means now in this precious window Dems can only pass GOP-approved nominees,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Bluesky, a new social media app, according to CNN.

Ocasio-Cortez joins other leading progressives with her stance. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) was the first Democratic lawmaker to call for Feinstein to step down, followed closely by the more moderate Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.).

They have expressed deep concerns over what Feinstein’s prolonged absence means for judicial nominees. Feinstein sits on the Judiciary Committee, which without her is deadlocked 10-10 and unable to advance nominees without GOP support.

Feinstein has been away from the Capitol for two months due to a long recovery process from shingles.

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