Sen. Dianne Feinstein had to be corrected and told to vote during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Thursday.
The California Democrat, who has been in frail health following a shingles diagnosis in the spring, has appeared confused at times since her return to the Capitol.
During Thursday’s hearing, Feinstein was meant to cast her vote on the Defense Appropriations bill, requiring her to say “Aye” or “Nay,” when her name was called.
“Say aye,” she said, repeating herself three times to Feinstein.
Feinstein then started to read from prepared remarks, and was interrupted by an aide whispering in her ear.
“The senator was preoccupied, didn’t realize debate had just ended and a vote was called,” the spokesperson said.
“She started to give a statement, was informed it was a vote and then cast her vote.”. »