Over the last seven months, the U.S. Senate has had attendance challenges, with at least one senator absent from the roll call in every vote since August 2022.
The 51-49 Democrat Senate majority has been lowered to 49-48 due to absences by both parties. Notably, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA), and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have no plan for when they will return to the Senate chambers.
McConnell, 81, is recovering from a concussion. Fetterman, 53, is getting treatment for depression, and Feinstein, 89, is receiving care for shingles.
The low attendance has caused issues with judicial nominations and more senators are not attending hearings and votes.
As the 2024 election approaches, most voters favor the GOP, as Democrats are on defense in numerous battleground states.
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