A hot microphone caught California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein being told to “just say aye” multiple times during a key defense vote Thursday.
“For me to say I would like to support a yes vote on this. It provides 823 billion. That’s an increase of 26 billion for the Department of Defense. And it funds priorities submitted,” Feinstein says before you can hear others trying to get her to just say aye on the vote. An aide can be seen coming up to her and whispering in her ear.
Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray can then be heard saying, “Just say aye.”
Feinstein responds by saying, “Ok, just… aye!” (RELATED: Trembling, Confused Dianne Feinstein Asks ‘Where Am I Going?’ As She’s Rolled Back In To Work As A US Senator)
Asked to vote on the defense appropriations bill, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) begins giving a speech: “I would like to support a ‘yes’ vote on this. It provides …”
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA): “Just say aye.” pic.twitter.com/Gw2eZ9rEMv
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In May, Feinstein, 89 at the time, returned to the Senate in an appeared confused state after being absent from the Senate for over two months due to complications from shingles. (RELATED: ‘Please, We’re Very Good Friends’: Sen. Feinstein Dismisses Questions From Reporters About Gov. Newsom Replacing Her)
Feinstein, the oldest sitting senator, would be over 90 years old if she finishes her term.