Published: Thu, February 02, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

First Republican Senator Announces She Will Vote Against Betsy DeVos

First Republican Senator Announces She Will Vote Against Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos's nomination for education secretary may be in jeopardy, after two Republican senators vote-against-devos-for-education-secretary/?utm_term=.43da7a3789d2" target="_blank">said Wednesday they would vote against her.

"I conclude my remarks to make clear that my colleagues know firmly that I do not intend to vote on final passage to support Mrs. DeVos to be secretary of Education", she said.

If the two women vote against DeVos, the resulting 50-50 tie could be broken by Vice President Mike Pence in his role as presiding officer of the Senate.

The public outcry against DeVos was swift, with Democrats and education advocates launching a mass effort to sway senators to vote against her confirmation. Her nomination could be rejected if three Republicans join all 48 Democratic senators in voting against DeVos.

"I have 100 percent confidence she will be the next secretary of education".

"The senators said they were hearing from as many supporters of Betsy DeVos as against her, but from what we saw on social media and through our constituents, that was not the case", Grayson said.

"The mission of the Department of Education is broad, but supporting public education is at its core", Collins said.

"She has the votes and will be confirmed", said a senior GOP aide.

No Democrats or Independents are expected to vote for the wealthy philanthropist, who has come under fire for her negligible relevant experience for the post overseeing the nation's K-12 public schools and higher education system. However, McConnell can schedule DeVos' confirmation vote first and ensure Sessions is still eligible to cast his vote in her favor. "He is confident she will get confirmed", an aide to Alexander said after the senators announced their opposition. During the committee vote, ranking Democrat Patty Murray referenced the apparent plagiarism while criticizing DeVos. Even Joe "all I am saying is give Trump a chance" Manchin doesn't want a school voucher activist who has never attended - nor sent her children to - a public school overseeing American education. Ms DeVos has called such education reform a means to "advance God's Kingdom". "They're very concerned that Mrs. DeVos will force vouchers on Alaska". They defend her intentions and her experience as a school choice advocate and maintain that she would be a worthy advocate as secretary of education. The stated philosophy of the multi-level marketing juggernaut based in a Grand Rapids suburb could apply to her brand of public education: "Personal opportunity and economic opportunity go hand in hand".

DeVos needs a simple majority on the Senate floor, and there are 52 Republicans.

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