Key Senate Democratic senators say they are undecided on supporting David Chipman, President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp 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 HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post MORE to break a tie in order for him to get confirmed.
Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Poll from liberal group shows more voters in key states back .5T bill Why Democrats opposing Biden's tax plan have it wrong MORE (D-W.Va.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan 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 SinemaWhy Democrats opposing Biden's tax plan have it wrong House Democrats set 'goal' to vote on infrastructure, social spending package next week The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (D-Ariz.), whose office notes she typically doesn’t announce nomination votes in advance, and Angus KingAngus KingOvernight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Manchin, Barrasso announce bill to revegetate forests after devastating fires Rep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress 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 SchumerDemocrats press Schumer on removing Confederate statues from Capitol Democrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan MORE (D-N.Y.) hasn’t said when he’ll bring Chipman up for a vote but Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSchumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Democrats surprised, caught off guard by 'framework' deal Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook 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 MurphyCongress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State Tell our troops: 'Your sacrifice wasn't in vain' 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.”