Senate Defeats Democrat Filibuster of Pro-Life Trump Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos
Republican Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announced Wednesday that they will vote against confirming Betsy DeVos, President Trump's pick to be secretary of Education.
"We have heard from across this country from so many parents and teachers and business leaders who are urging senators from every state to vote no on this nominee", Murray said.
Murkowski agreed, saying she has "serious concerns" about DeVos's lack of familiarity with that law and with how public schools operate in general. "Betsy DeVos does not possess a degree in any educational field, and has never attended a public school, sent her children to a public school or worked in a public school", it stated.
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"Her concentration on charter schools and vouchers, however, raises question about whether or not she fully appreciates that the secretary of education's primary focus must be on helping states. strengthen our public schools". "I have a great deal of respect for Mrs. DeVos". "She's committed to public education, and there's no better example of that than her work on the most important reform of public schools in the last 30 years - public charter schools".
Shortly after Collins and Murkowski announced their opposition, Sen. If all of the Senate's 46 Democrats and two Independents vote No, DeVos faces a 50-50 split, which would need to be broken by Vice President Mike Pence. Her and Collins' doubts could spell problems for DeVos' nomination once it reaches the Senate: A confirmation vote had not yet been scheduled.
"I will not, I can not vote to confirm her as our nation's next secretary of education", Collins concluded.
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Gym has been one of DeVos's most vocal opponents. The notion that Betsy DeVos or anyone else wants to destroy our public school systems is flat wrong. "She appears to view education through the lens of her experience of promoting alternatives to public education in Detroit and other cities". They said they voted yes only so the entire Senate can debate whether DeVos is the right fit. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joining Collins in announcing her opposition to the nomination. Immediately following the vote, Democrats moved to overturn the vote because a proxy vote in favor was made for U.S. Sen.
Below is a list of several GOP senators who we've checked in with, or seen statements from, regarding DeVos. Other boards that passed similar motions include those of East Lansing Public Schools and Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Still, Republicans are confident she'll be confirmed. Do they understand and support the mission of the department they are slated to head? And its Midwest arm has criticized the MI charter school law that DeVos donated millions to back politically. She's also been accused of plagiarizing answers on a questionnaire from Obama administration officials.
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