(No wonder everybody’s been so flaky for the last few days!)
In the year of our lord 2022, the National Statuary Hall collection in the U.S. Capitol is getting its first statue depicting a Black American, Mary McLeod Bethune.
There are still nine Confederates. https://t.co/UWOibUjWOe
— Gillian Brockell (@gbrockell) July 13, 2022
Why it matters:
… Since the role of the ATF director became a position requiring Senate confirmation in 2006, only one person – Democratic President Barack Obama’s nominee B. Todd Jones – has ever won confirmation.
The rest of that time, it has been led by a string of acting directors, hobbling its ability to propose and adopt tougher gun regulations.
Democratic senators and anti-gun violence group Brady praised the confirmation.
“While certainly not a panacea to the gun violence epidemic plaguing our nation, having Mr. Dettelbach at the helm of the ATF will ensure the feds have all hands on deck in the fight to stop gun trafficking, prevent illegal possession of firearms, and make sure our kids can’t get their hands on dangerous weapons,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement…
Biden commended the Senate for confirming Dettelbach, saying in a statement that the new ATF director would play a key role in implementing a recently passed bipartisan gun safety bill…
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 13, 2022
I don't think the media was outright lying about this, it was just an ongoing negotiation they portrayed as a done deal. This has happened many times before.
— Moment Meeter (@agraybee) July 12, 2022