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Dianne Feinstein back home after fall sends her to hospital, her office says

She was briefly hospitalized on Tuesday, according to her office.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is at home after briefly going to the hospital following a fall, according to her office.

“Senator Feinstein briefly went to the hospital yesterday afternoon as a precaution after a minor fall in her home. All of her scans were clear and she returned home.”

Feinstein, 90, returned to the Capitol in May after she was hospitalized in February with a case of shingles. She was released in early March and had been continuing her recovery at home.

After being hospitalized in February, Feinstein’s absence in the upper chamber became a sticking point for some members of her party who become increasingly frustrated with the fact that — without her — Republicans could block Democrats from voting President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Some on the party’s left flank, including California Rep. Ro Khanna and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, argued in May that the federal judiciary could be harmed if Feinstein didn’t step down.

Senator Dianne Feinstein during a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 12, 2023.

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“I want to treat Dianne Feinstein fairly. I want to be sensitive to her family situation and her personal situation,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin said on CNN on May 7. “But the bottom line is, the business of the committee and of the Senate is affected by her absence.”

Feinstein said at the time that she was looking forward to “resuming” her work on the Judiciary Committee.

“The Senate faces many important issues, but the most pressing is to ensure our government doesn’t default on its financial obligations. I also look forward to resuming my work on the Judiciary Committee considering the president’s judicial nominees,” she said.

Falls are the leading cause of injury death for adults over 65, causing over 36,000 deaths in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three million older people are treated for falls in emergency departments each year, according to the CDC.

ABC News’ Trish Turner and Isabella Murray contributed to this report.

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