Biden’s new headache: Feinstein, Fetterman absences leave president with bumpy road in the Senate
The absences of multiple Democratic senators have left President Biden’s agenda up in the air
President Biden’s agenda has hit a snag in the U.S. Senate, as medical-related absences for two Democrats have left his party without the critical 51-vote threshold it secured in last year’s midterm elections.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has been hospitalized with shingles and likely will not return until “later this month,” the 89-year-old said in a statement Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., is receiving treatment for clinical depression, and it is not yet clear when he will return. Those absences leave the fate of Biden’s legislative priorities and judicial nominees up in the air — at least temporarily.
“The danger of having such a small majority is that one or two illnesses can bring things to a halt. The administration has been aggressive and effective on judicial nominees, but that’s all on hold for now,’ political strategist Doug Heye told Fox News Digital.