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Doctors and Nurses Plead for Confirmation of ATF Chief Slowed Down by GOP Objections

  • Biden nominated Steve Dettelbach in April to lead gun agency
  • ATF has gone seven years without a confirmed director
Steve Dettelbach
Steve DettelbachPhotographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

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.