Dianne Feinstein conspicuously absent from Senate ahead of key votes
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein missed a Monday vote to suspend the federal debt limit and avoid a government shutdown, which could happen as soon as Friday if a new spending bill is not passed.
Forty-nine of 50 Republicans voted against the bill, which needed 60 votes to pass. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse also missed the vote, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer switched his vote from "yes" to "no" to preserve a procedural ability to bring the legislation to the floor again.
Feinstein, 88, has missed Senate votes for a...