Republican Senators Announce That They Will Vote Against Betsy DeVos
Senate Republican leaders scrambled the floor schedule Wednesday to shore up the shaky nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Education secretary, after two of their colleagues said they could not support her.
Senate rules call for an extra 30 hours of debate before DeVos can be confirmed which is why Republican Mitch McConnell scheduled the vote early this morning to get a start on running time off that clock.
Schumer has said he will vote against all of Trump's nominees, and other Democrats have criticized DeVos for being an out-of-touch billionaire and a staunch advocate for charter schools.
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All 48 members of the Democratic caucus are expected to vote against DeVos's confirmation, along with two Republicans who have expressed their opposition, Sens.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on the Senate floor today that hers was "not a decision that I've made lightly" and that she believes DeVos "cares deeply about the children of this nation". If the Senate ties 50-50 in the vote, Vice President Mike Pence could step in to break the tie.
Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has advanced towards final confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
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Incorrectly referring to DeVos as an "educator"-she has never taught at or even attended a public school-Spicer condemned "the games being played" with her nomination process".
Murkowski said her office has been receiving many calls and emails from Alaskans raising concerns over the possible nomination of DeVos - a candidate said to have no previous experience in education.
"I have serious concerns about a nominee to be secretary of Education", she said, "who has been so immersed in the discussion of vouchers". "She has been very forthcoming in her discussions with me and also with my staff". "I will absolutely be voting for Besty DeVos". However, DeVos is the only Cabinet pick who is in danger of not eventually being confirmed due to party defections. "I will not, cannot vote to confirm her".
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DeVos, a billionaire from MI, is former head of the American Federation for Children, which supports school vouchers, private education and other forms of school choice.
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