Capitol Hill is in chaos. No one thought it would come to this.
And this U.S. Senator was rushed to the hospital for a terrifying reason.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein was taken to the hospital after stumbling and falling in her hometown of San Francisco on Tuesday.
“Senator Feinstein briefly went to the hospital yesterday afternoon as a precaution after a minor fall in her home. All of her scans were clear and she returned home,” a spokesperson told The Post.
Feinstein sustained “no serious injuries” as a result of the fall, according to her spokesperson.
The Senate is currently in session and will reconvene in September.
Feinstein, 90, was hospitalized earlier this year after contracting shingles and was gone from the Senate for three months before returning in May. She is the oldest member of either chamber of Congress.
Due to her position on the Senate Judiciary Committee, she missed scores of critical votes and was blamed by some progressive opponents for obstructing the fast-tracking of President Biden’s contentious judiciary selections.
Aides later confirmed that Feinstein had shingles symptoms, including encephalitis (brain inflammation) and Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which caused her absence from the upper chamber to be prolonged.
Much of her absence coincided with Sen. John Fetterman’s (D-Pa.) extended absence from the Senate chambers due to serious depression treatment.
Fetterman was re-elected to the Senate in April.
Feinstein has suffered public mental lapses and appeared disoriented during Senate hearings at times, attracting the attention of spectators.
A staffer and one of her colleagues had to remind her to vote “aye” on the annual defense funding measure during a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting last month.
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
According to the New York Times, the California senator has given her daughter power of attorney over her late husband Richard Blum’s assets.
Feinstein has opted not to run for reelection to the Senate, and her term will finish at the beginning of 2025.
This has triggered a Democratic primary frenzy to replace her, potentially leading to one of the country’s most expensive primary races.
Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff, Katie Porter, and Barbara Lee are among the leading candidates.
Under California’s primary system, the top two candidates could face off in a general election. This occurred in 2016, when then-state Attorney General Kamala Harris ran for Senate against then-Rep. Loretta Sanchez.
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