Biden’s Pick for ATF Director Has ‘A Lot of Issues’: Sen. Dick Durbin

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Monday that “there are a lot of issues” with David Chipman, the White House’s pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Chipman, who is currently employed as a senior policy adviser to Giffords, a major gun control group, served at the ATF for 25 years and faces a narrow path to confirmation, with uncertain support among Democrats in the evenly divided Senate. Moderate Democrats including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), haven’t yet indicated whether they will be backing his confirmation. He faced fierce opposition during his confirmation hearing from Republicans who grilled him for his past comments and gun control advocacy. The whip count “is not where we want it yet, but there’s always a chance,” Durbin told Politico. The Senate, divided 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, has approved virtually all of President Joe Biden’s picks in ...

Biden’s Pick for ATF Director Has ‘A Lot of Issues’: Sen.
Dick Durbin
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Monday that “there are a lot of issues” with David Chipman, the White House’s pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Chipman, who is currently employed as a senior policy adviser to Giffords, a major gun control group, served at the ATF for 25 years and faces a narrow path to confirmation, with uncertain support among Democrats in the evenly divided Senate. Moderate Democrats including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), haven’t yet indicated whether they will be backing his confirmation. He faced fierce opposition during his confirmation hearing from Republicans who grilled him for his past comments and gun control advocacy. The whip count “is not where we want it yet, but there’s always a chance,” Durbin told Politico. The Senate, divided 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, has approved virtually all of President Joe Biden’s picks in ...