Dianne Feinstein Won't Seek Senate Judiciary Leadership After Backlash

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) said Monday that she will not seek a leadership position in any of the chamber’s committees next year, including the coveted Senate Judiciary Committee where she currently serves as the ranking Democrat. “California is a huge state confronting two existential threats — wildfire and drought — that are only getting worse with climate change,” Feinstein wrote in a statement. “In the next Congress, I plan to increase my attention on those two crucial issues. I also believe that defeating COVID-19, combating climate change and protecting access to health care are critical national priorities that require even more concentration.” Feinstein’s full statement: pic.twitter.com/yqh7w7gvHe— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) November 23, 2020 The announcement came after Feinstein received widespread backlash from her party, particularly from progressives, about how she handled the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

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