In Washington Congressional Democrats are calling for the resignation of Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who has been absent from the Senate for a considerable amount of time due to health issues.

Late on Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California, became the first lawmaker to demand for Feinstein’s resignation.

He tweeted, “@SenFeinstein should step down now.” “We must place national allegiance ahead of personal loyalty. Despite having spent her whole life serving the public, it is clear that she is unable to perform her obligations. We lose credibility as elected officials if we remain silent.

We have a crisis in the judiciary with radical judges robbing women of their rights, Khanna said in a message to NBC News. The danger of them cannot be preached on television.

Khanna made her statement in reaction to mounting worries that Feinstein’s protracted absence is hurting Senate Democrats, especially when it comes to approving judges, given her significant vote on the Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., immediately interjected and expressed his agreement with Khanna. Sen. Feinstein is a fantastic American who has made tremendous contributions to our nation, tweeted Philips. “However, I think that continuing to serve in the Senate and agreeing to keep quiet now amounts to dereliction of duty.

Feinstein, 89, hasn’t cast a vote in the Senate since February 16 and said she received a shingles diagnosis in early March. Her office stated that it is still uncertain as to when she will return.

Feinstein, the original she was elected as a senator in 1992, has declared she won’t seek reelection, but her term only has 20 months left. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., has been proposed by Khanna as a replacement.

Reps. Adam Schiff and Katie Porter, two well-known California House Democrats, are opponents of Rep. Lee. Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared he will choose a black woman to fill the seat if Feinstein decides to retire early and leave a vacancy, so Lee might stand to gain significantly from her decision.