Both in California and on a national level, progressives have wanted the Democratic Party to align its platform toward the agenda set forth by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
"After 47 years in elected office and 25 years in the Senate, she continues to cling to office as a voice for the status quo", Khanna continued. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), who has served since 1977, has still not officially stated whether he plans to run again.
Khanna later told Politico's Carla Marinucci that he is urging Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) and University of California, Berkeley professor Robert Reich to challenge Feinstein in the Democratic primary.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who heads the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, said Sunday he would be willing to support bump stock restrictions either by fiat or by a new law. "I'm in a position where I can be effective, and hopefully that means something to California", she said. "Safe Democratic seats are the place we should be representing core Democratic values".
"You are going to find out about that very shortly", Feinstein said.But she appeared to hint that she was preparing to announce a decision to seek reelection. The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, has said he's open to legislation and that he'd spoken with Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, who was interested in holding a hearing.
Now that Feinstein has announced her intentions, the political future of one other long-serving senator remains unknown. Sen. Kamala Harris and a rising star among liberals, quickly endorsed Feinstein in a Facebook post.
Feinstein, 84, is California's senior senator and the oldest US senator in office. Another poll taken by Berkeley in March found that 48 percent of voters saw her reelection as a good thing, while 52 percent thought it would be a bad thing.