Democrats hold a thin 11–10 majority in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Dianne Feinstein is currently absent from the Senate due to health issues. Without her vote, the committee is deadlocked 10–10 and judicial nominations cannot get out of the committee for a full Senate confirmation vote without Republican support.
The Democrats have a 51–49 majority in the Senate (including the 3 Indepenents who caucus with Democrats) or 50–49 with Feinstein's absence. Cannot Democrats simply use a discharge petition to bypass the Judiciary Committee and bring the judicial nominations the full Senate?
For example, during the 117th Congress, the Senate was split 50–50 and the Senate Judiciary Committee was split 11–11. The committee vote on the Ketanji Brown Jackson nomination resulted in a 11–11 tie and a discharge petition was used to advance the nomination to the full Senate. Why this cannot be used now?