Feinstein faults Obama, GOP senators for legislative stalemate

"He could be more active in terms of picking up the phone and calling people," Feinstein said.

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According to The Bee, Feinstein recalled how former Democratic President Clinton often called lawmakers, who then felt flattered when the president made a personal call to seek support for a bill, helping move his agenda.

"I'm not sure [Obama] understands that," Feinstein said.

Feinstein is in a reelection campaign against Republican Elizabeth Emken, who is not expected to be a threat to the 79-year-old lawmaker.