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  •  The job of ATF director (3+ / 0-)
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    has required Senate confirmation only since 2006,but that has never happened, leaving the agency in the hands of acting directors.
        The National Rifle Association of America has strongly opposed everyone who has been nominated for the position. Further, they insist that an important nomination such as BATFE director should not be made as a recess appointment.  The NRA has intentionally hamstrung the ATF in its enforcement of existing firearms laws.
       The bottom line is the gun lobby will oppose any nominee who promises to be a strong and effective director of the ATF, according to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Indeed, it was persistent lobbying by the NRA. that helped to get the confirmation requirement instated. In 2007, Bush nominated Mike Sullivan for the position. In 2010, Obama nominated Andrew Traver, head of the ATF’s Denver division, to fill the top spot, but the Senate is yet to hold his confirmation hearings as of December 26, 2012.

    You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

    by PSzymeczek on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:18:25 AM PST

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