Sen. Dianne Feinstein plans to step down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the next Congress, after facing blowback from progressives for her handling of Amy Coney Barrett’s contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Politico reports.
“After serving as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for four years, I will not seek the chairmanship or ranking member position in the next Congress,” Feinstein said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to serve as a senior Democrat on the Judiciary, Intelligence, Appropriations and Rules committees as we work with the Biden administration.”
Next in line to replace Feinstein is Senate Minority Whip, Dick Durbin who signaled he is ready to step up to the post of Chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee or ranking member.
“I intend to seek the top Democratic position on the Judiciary Committee in the 117th Congress,” Durbin said in a statement . “We have to roll up our sleeves and get to work on undoing the damage of the last four years and protecting fundamental civil and human rights.”