Judicial Committee Pushes Back Vote on Pryor

It will be at least two more weeks before former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor clears his next hurdle to winning a lifetime appointment on the federal bench.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had scheduled a vote today on
Pryor's nomination, but the panel was forced to turn its attention
to asbestos legislation.

The Chairman, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, promised Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions that Pryor's nomination would be first on the agenda at the committee's next meeting, likely May 12th.

Pryor must be confirmed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals before the end of the year for the appointment to become permanent.

He is one of a handful of judicial nominees Democrats are filibustering.

Another is Greenville, Alabama, native Janice Rogers Brown, a nominee for the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. She has already won
support from the Judiciary Committee.

Tennessee's Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader, is offering a compromise to Democrats. He's offering 100 hours of debate on each judicial nominee if they agree to allow a confirmation vote on each.