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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ailing California Democratic legislator who has been sidelined by illness since February, returned to work at the Capitol on Wednesday — sort of.
Feinstein, who at 89 is the oldest sitting member of Congress, “flew back to Washington Tuesday night but was not at the Capitol Wednesday morning and missed the first Senate vote just after noon,” the Washington Post reported.
“Just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feinstein arrived outside an entrance to the Senate in a gray sedan, where she was greeted by Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and walked gingerly to a wheelchair.”
NBC reported Feinstein missed the first two votes of the day, “adding to the 91 floor votes she missed while she recovered from shingles.”
Feinstein announced in a statement that she still expects to be on light duty for the foreseeable future.
“Even though I’ve made significant progress and was able to return to Washington, I’m still experiencing some side effects from the shingles virus,” Feinstein said, according to NBC.
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