newsobserver.com: "'At this point, Boyle is outside the agreement,' Tracy Schmaler, [Sen. Patrick] Leahy's committee spokeswoman, said Tuesday. 'I don't know how it affects him.'
Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a moderate Pennsylvania Republican, said last week that Democrats, whom he didn't name, had told him they would not block Boyle.
Sen. Elizabeth Dole continues to urge her colleagues to approve Boyle's appointment.
'It's unconscionable that he has been held up this long,' said Lindsay Taylor, a Dole spokeswoman. 'He's due an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.'
Boyle enjoys broad bipartisan support among lawyers who practice before him. The American Bar Association has rated him well-qualified for the job."