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Biden to Withdraw His ATF Head Nominee Due to Congressional Opposition, Reports Suggest

© REUTERS / KEVIN LAMARQUEU.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks in honor of labor unions in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 8, 2021.
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Biden administration plans to withdraw its nominee to head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) David Chipman because of strong opposition against him from both parties in the Congress, the Washington Post said on 9 September citing two sources familiar with the matter.
The report did not provide additional details on the possible decision but noted that the White House declined to comment.
US President Joe Biden nominated Chipman, famous as a long-time gun control advocate, to lead the ATF in April as a part of his larger program to combat gun violence. Commenting then on his pick, Biden called gun violence in the US an epidemic.
Chipman does not have enough votes in Congress to be confirmed given staunch opposition from largely pro-gun Republicans, CNN said in a separate report quoting a senior administration official.
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