Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was hospitalized Tuesday after falling and tripping in her San Francisco home.

Feinstein, 90, returned home later Tuesday evening.

“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’s office said in a statement.

The California Democrat, the oldest sitting member of Congress, has experienced numerous health issues in recent months.


TMZ reports:

The 90-year-old Senator has struggled with health issues over the last year. She was absent from the Senate for nearly 3 months earlier this year dealing with shingles, Ramsay Hunt syndrome and encephalitis.


She’s also appeared confused … telling a reporter upon her return she wasn’t absent at all. She’s also appeared confused at recent Senate hearings.

There have been quiet talks among Democrats and louder talks among Republicans for her to step down.

Senator Feinstein’s daughter, Katherine, “has a power-of-attorney agreement that grants her at least some say over the senator’s affairs,” Insider reports.

Feinstein cannot conduct her affairs, yet she can hold office representing millions of Americans as a public servant?

From Insider:

Last month, the younger Feinstein, now a San Francisco fire commissioner, filed a suit against the trust of the investor Richard Blum, the senator’s late husband. In the legal filing, she identified herself as an “attorney in fact” for the Democratic lawmaker. The agreement allowed the former judge to file the suit on behalf of her mother.

It’s unclear to what extent the younger Feinstein holds power over the 90-year-old lawmaker.

Power of attorney is not always granted because of the inability of someone to make their own decisions, though that can be the case when such a waiver of rights is reached. As the Los Angeles Times previously reported, a limited power-of-attorney agreement can be granted in matters of convenience. Nonetheless, planning for an agreement is considered a major part of estate planning.

“Another important reason to use power of attorney is to prepare for situations when you may not be able to act on your own behalf due to absence or incapacity,” the American Bar Association says. “Such a disability may be temporary, for example, due to travel, accident, or illness, or it may be permanent.”

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