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Doctors, Nurses Plead for ATF Chief Bottled Up by GOP Objections

June 6, 2022, 4:26 PM

A coalition of doctors, hospitals and nurses called on the Senate to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with some arguing the agency is an urgent priority following a string of horrific mass shootings.

Eight medical organizations issued endorsements for the nominee, Steve Dettelbach, on Monday in letters obtained by Bloomberg News. But the ATF has long gone without a Senate-confirmed leader because of political disputes over guns between Republicans and Democrats.

Steve Dettelbach
Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

Biden named Dettelbach for the post in April after withdrawing his first nominee, David Chipman, a ...