The Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked 11 to 11 Thursday morning on a vote to advance President Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Steve Dettelbach.
The Hill reports:
The tie sets up a Senate floor vote later Thursday on a motion to discharge Dettelbach out of committee, with a final confirmation vote expected next week.
Two key centrists, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), said last week they would vote for Dettelbach, giving him the votes he needs to win confirmation.
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), another key vote, also says he will back Dettelbach.
Dettelbachs’s confirmation would be a big victory for the Biden administration after the president withdrew his first choice, David Chipman, from consideration last year.
The ATF has not had a Senate-confirmed director since 2015.
“Dettelbach unquestionably deserved bipartisan support, but either way he’s going to move forward,” Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday morning.