This week, all eyes were turned to
Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who could
be the deciding vote in the Judiciary
Committee. If Pryor clears the corn-
mittee, civil rights, women's and
Jewish groups will start lobbying mod-
erate Republicans in the Senate.
If all else fails, Democratic leaders
have promised a filibuster.
The opposition is "gathering
momentum," said Ellen Witman,
Washington co-director for the
National Council of Jewish Women.
NCJW, through its BenchMark cam-
paign, has led the charge in the Jewish
community on Bush nominees
deemed hostile to abortion rights.
"He's bad on so many issues, not
just choice," Witman said. "On almost
everything our community cares
about, he's on the other side. And he's
only 42 years old; a lifetime appoint-
ment means he'll be affecting the law
for two generations."
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Government spending is under
unprecedented pressure as the deficit
skyrockets, but on one spending pro-
posal there hasn't been a murmur of
Congressional supporters of Israel,
always ready to bash the Palestinian
Authority, are signaling conditional
approval of the Bush administration's
decision to give up to $20 million in
aid directly to the Palestinian
Most, while doubtful of the ability
of Palestinian Prime Minister
Mahmoud Abbas to rein in terrorists,
accept the administration's core argu-
ment — that bolstering Abbas' shaky
rule is necessary to keep even a faint
flicker of hope for peace alive.
That was the gist of a letter this
week authored by three pro-Israel
members of Congress: Rep. Gary
Ackerman, D-N.Y., Rep. Howard
Berman, D-Calif , and Rep. Lois
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Ackerman said the rise of Abbas and
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Fayyad] in whom the Israelis have a
great deal of confidence" has con-
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