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Continued: B. Todd Jones' nomination to head ATF clears key Senate hurdle

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 11, 2013 - 10:56 PM

Grassley and other Republicans have clashed with Jones over prosecutorial priorities, particularly on gun crimes, which Republicans say go unenforced while gun-control advocates press for new laws.

In a hearing last month, Grassley pressed Jones on the ATF’s reforms after the botched gun-tracking operation on the Mexican border known as Fast and Furious, which took place before Jones joined the ATF.

Jones’ nomination also has been caught up in the broader debate over the administration’s failed post-Newtown initiatives to expand background checks on gun buyers and ban assault-style semi-automatic weapons.

While Republicans have made no specific threats to block a floor vote on Jones, analysts say his fate could be decided by filibuster reform talks in the Senate in the coming weeks.

Follow Kevin Diaz on Twitter at @StribDiaz.

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  • In this file photo, B. Todd Jones of Minnesota, President Barack Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination.

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