With the Senate moving forward on confirming David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, not all Democrats are sure President Joe Biden’s pick is such a great fit. It’s nothing new that the left has been attacking gun rights for some time now, Biden has even made it a point in his speech to lobby for stricter gun laws. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency due to the violence his city has witnessed in the last few months. And of course, he is blaming the guns. Now, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, a Democrat, claimed “there are a lot of issues” with Chipman.
Interesting that Durbin would say there are mounting issues with Chipman when a handful of Democrats haven’t even shown him any support. They include Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). This led Durbin to say the whip count “is not where we want it yet, but there’s always a chance.”
When it comes to Senate Republicans, majority oppose Chipman’s nomination, which spells trouble for the Democrats as they can’t lose a single vote. As it stands, they only have a 50-member caucus, which is barely enough to confirm the nomination. And if they were hoping some Republicans would accept Chipman, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t mix words when he described Biden’s nomination as an “anti-gun extremist.” Even a moderate Republican like Senator Susan Collins admitted that Chipman made statements “demeaning law-abiding gun owners.”
For now, Chipman remains a senior adviser to Giffords, which is a gun control group. Before that, he spent over 20 years at the ATF. But still, Durbin isn’t sure he is a right fit. “Members understand this is a highly controversial position. It has been left vacant because Republicans and Democrats couldn’t find someone to fill the slot so it’s no wonder that we’re having some difficulty with it.”
It was only last month that the Senate Judiciary Committee was deadlocked on Chipman’s nomination. This split decision forced the Senate to hold another vote to clear Chipman before they can move forward with his nomination, but that vote has yet to be announced.
This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on July 21, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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