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GOP blocks Democratic effort to replace Feinstein on Judiciary panel

CNN  —  Senate Republicans have officially rejected a request from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to temporarily replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein on the Judiciary Committee. Democrats had hoped to make this substitution in order to move forward with stalled judicial nominations. Feinstein is currently recovering from shingles and Senate Democrats sought to temporarily replace her on the committee. However, Republicans have made it clear that they are ready to block Democratic efforts to replace her, putting pressure on Feinstein to either resign or return quickly. Feinstein’s return date is still uncertain, but she recently requested to be temporarily replaced on the committee while she recovers. Schumer introduced his motion on Tuesday, emphasizing his friendship with Feinstein and praising her accomplishments. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham objected to Schumer’s request while also expressing admiration for Feinstein. Graham argued that Schumer’s motion was simply an attempt to confirm more judges. Democrats can still force a vote to replace Feinstein, but they would need the support of 10 Republicans, which is unlikely given the limited chance of success. If Feinstein does not return soon, numerous nominees could face delays. Democrats require 60 votes to replace Feinstein on the panel, but senior Republicans have made it clear that they will not support this. If Democrats are unable to replace Feinstein or if she does not return soon, their key agenda items could be hindered in both the committee and on the Senate floor. Feinstein announced earlier this year that she will not seek reelection, and a number of Democrats have already announced campaigns for her seat in 2024. While many Democrats have supported her decision to remain in office during her absence, two House Democrats have called for her resignation. Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin acknowledged that Feinstein’s absence has slowed down the nomination process but stopped short of calling for her resignation. He hopes that Republicans will facilitate a temporary replacement and recognize that both parties face challenges. However, Republican Sen. John Cornyn opposes the effort to replace Feinstein and believes that Republicans should not assist in confirming controversial nominees.