Key Senate Democratic senators say they are undecided on supporting David Chipman, President BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report 21 House Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Vulnerable House Dems push drug pricing plan MORE’s nominee to be the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
With no Republicans saying yet that they will support Chipman — and Democrats skeptical they’ll pick up any GOP votes — Democrats are likely to need all 50 members of their caucus to support his nomination and Vice President Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRNC targets McAuliffe, Biden campaign event with mobile billboard Obama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech MORE to break a tie in order for him to get confirmed.
Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report 21 House Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill Democrats try to back Manchin off killing paid family leave proposal MORE (D-W.Va.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterWhite House tries to lock down deal with Manchin, Sinema Democrats ready to put a wrap on dragged-out talks Providing affordable housing to recruit our next generation of volunteer firefighters MORE (D-Mont.), two red state Democrats, both said on Tuesday that they haven’t yet made a decision on if they will supper him.
“We’re still working on that,” Manchin said.
Tester added that he hasn’t “made a determination yet.”
Sens. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten Sinema21 House Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Vulnerable House Dems push drug pricing plan On The Money — Will the billionaire tax survive Joe Manchin? MORE (D-Ariz.), whose office notes she typically doesn’t announce nomination votes in advance, and Angus KingAngus KingBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report Biden administration pushing to include IRS proposal in spending bill despite criticism Lawmakers split on next steps to secure transportation sectors against hackers MORE (I-Maine) also haven't said if they will support Chipman.
Pro-gun groups have launched an intense effort to try to sink Chipman’s nomination over his support for stricter gun laws and previous work as a policy adviser for Giffords, a gun control group.
Chipman has been meeting with senators to try to address concerns and Democratic leaders have been weighing support within the caucus as they try to shore up his nomination.
Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer535 'presidents' with veto power: Why budget deal remains elusive The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats insist budget consensus close as talks drag on Pricing methane and carbon emissions will help US meet the climate moment MORE (D-N.Y.) hasn’t said when he’ll bring Chipman up for a vote but Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinPatience wears thin as Democrats miss deadlines 535 'presidents' with veto power: Why budget deal remains elusive After 35 years, Congress should finally end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine MORE (D-Ill.), his No. 2 and the Judiciary Committee chairman, said he’s talking with undecided senators.
“We’re whipping it. We’re eyeballing,” Durbin said about the conversations within the Democratic caucus.
Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyProgressives scramble to save top priorities from chopping block Democratic senator: Methane fee could be 'in jeopardy' Democrats ready to put a wrap on dragged-out talks MORE (D-Conn.), a vocal supporter of tighter gun laws, predicted that Chipman would ultimately get confirmed.
“I’m confident that he’s going to get confirmed. I think he still needs to answer some question and concerns but I’m confident that he’s going to have 50 votes on the floor,” Murphy said. “This is a mainstream nominee.”