An 11-11 vote along party lines in an evenly divided US Senate Judiciary Committee stalls Biden ATF nominee, David Chipman. A procedural move from Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to bring a floor vote to the US Senate will be required to move the nomination forward and advance out of committee.
“Mr. Chipman wants to ban assault weapons,” Ranking Republican Charles Grassley said on Thursday. “This nomination is like a Republican putting the NRA in charge of ATF.”
A confirmation for the embattled nominee will require a unified Democrat party line vote. To date, neither Democrat WV Senator Joe Manchin or Democrat AZ Senator Krystin Sinema have signaled which way they would vote. It is expected both Senators will face strong backlash in their respective pro-gun states if they support the Biden nomination.