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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Respecting Senator Feinstein’s Wishes By Calling For Passage Of A Senate Resolution To Allow A Temporary Replacement On The Judiciary Committee

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor celebrating Dianne Feinstein, a legend in California and pioneer for women, and attempted to pass a resolution to honor her wish for a temporary replacement on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) objected to passing the resolution. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

Few have left their mark on this country like our dear friend, Senator Dianne Feinstein. She’s a legend in California, the first woman Senator from the state.

She’s a legend here in the Senate. The longest-serving woman Senator in U.S. history, she built a reputation as an expert legislator on so many issues—gun violence, VAWA, the environment, women’s rights, and so much more.

But her impact doesn’t end there. Dianne is a legend throughout the country—she’s shattered innumerable glass ceilings, moved countless mountains, and molded millions of minds.

Few have accomplished as much in office as Senator Feinstein. Our colleague and friend has made her wish clear, that another Senator temporarily serve on the Judiciary Committee until she returns. I thank Senator Cardin for agreeing to step in.

So today, I am acting not just as Leader but as Dianne’s friend in honoring her wishes until she returns to the Senate.

When someone as dear and as accomplished as Senator Feinstein asks us for something so important to her, we ought to respect it.