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Monday, January 31, 2011

ATF warns against proposed budget cut

The White House's budget proposal calls for a 3.6 percent reduction in ATF funding, and the bureau says it would gut the its gun-running initiative along the Mexican border. From the Washington Post's story:

"ATF is the ugly stepchild of every administration," said Jim Cavanaugh, a former senior ATF official who retired last year after 30 years. "It would really handicap the ATF.

"It's a small agency and it's a lean machine. There are not a lot of agents and inspectors. There is not a lot of fat. With ATF, it would be an amputation."

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