Posted at: 07/31/2013 6:47 AM
Updated at: 07/31/2013 2:53 PM
By: Jennie Olson
Democrats have come up unexpectedly short on a crucial roll call vote and they're struggling to win confirmation for a new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Tobacco.
Democrats have succeeded in getting one Republican senator to switch her vote, but they're still a single vote short of prevailing.
A roll call on ending delaying tactics against the nominee, B. Todd Jones, has stretched beyond 90 minutes Wednesday.
Democrats are waiting for one of their members, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, to return to the Capitol and cast the decisive vote.
Initially, Republicans seemed to have enough votes. But after lawmakers from both parties surrounded Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski on the Senate floor, Murkowski switched and voted to end Republican delays against Jones.
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