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Votes on Israel divide Edwards, Van Hollen
Votes on Israel divide Edwards, Van Hollen

Rep. Donna F. Edwards is facing criticism from Maryland's Jewish community for votes she has taken on Israel during her tenure in the House — positions that some believe will limit her support from an important constituency in her bid for the Senate. Edwards, a Prince George's County Democrat who is running for the seat to be left open by the retirement of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in 2017, has repeatedly opposed broadly bipartisan resolutions supporting Israel, or voted "present" — a way of acknowledging the vote without declaring a position. The measures were mostly nonbinding, but have symbolic significance for many Jews. In a Democratic primary...

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