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Thomas Brandon, ATF deputy director: Trump budget to strain agency further


Added 03-13-19 10:22:02pm EST - “The deputy director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives broke with the White House on Wednesday over the administration's 2020 budget proposal, saying it would further hollow out an agency already straining…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Thomas Brandon, ATF deputy director: Trump budget to strain agency further”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The deputy director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives broke with the White House on Wednesday over the administration’s 2020 budget proposal, saying it would further hollow out an agency already straining for resources.

Thomas Brandon told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that under President Trump’s latest budget proposal, his agency would lose 377 positions to attrition.

“You hear people say, ‘trim the fat.’ Then we trimmed into muscle and now we’re trimming into bone,” Mr. Brandon testified to a House Appropriations subcommittee. “ATF won’t be able to do what it can do today.”

His comments marked a striking dissent for an administration official, and he also discussed the potential benefits of a bill the White House opposes that extends the amount of time the FBI can get to perform gun-purchase background checks.

The White House has issued a veto threat on that Democratic bill, saying it places “burdensome delays” on lawful purchasers.

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