Senator Dianne Feinstein is returning to Washington after a health-related absence. Feinstein’s office announced her return in a statement, saying that the senator will return to the Senate after receiving treatment for a “non-life-threatening” medical condition.
Feinstein, who is 88 years old, has been absent from the Senate since late March. She was reportedly suffering from a “serious sinus infection,” which caused her to miss several key votes, including the confirmation of Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The California Democrat has been a key figure in the Senate for decades, and has served in the chamber since 1992. She is currently the oldest member of the Senate, and is also the longest-serving woman in the chamber’s history.
Feinstein has been an important voice on a number of issues, including gun control, climate change, and national security. She also played a key role in the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Feinstein’s absence from the Senate has led to speculation about her future plans. Some have suggested that she may not seek re-election in 2024, when her current term expires. Others have speculated that she may step down from her role as the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Feinstein has not commented publicly on her plans for the future. However, her return to the Senate suggests that she intends to continue serving in the chamber for the time being.