Minnesota’s two USA senators cast their votes against President Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos.
U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, opposed DeVos’ confirmation.Murphy was referring to an exchange with DeVos he had during her confimation hearing last month.Democrats saw a glimmer of hope last week to scuttle the nomination when two GOP senators – Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – announced they would vote against DeVos’ nomination, raising doubts about whether she would be confirmed.The vote came after the Democrats staged a 24-hour protest in the senate, asking for support from just one more Republican to break the vote in their favour.The DeVos vote is expected to take place around 12:00 p.m.
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Vice President Mike Pence’s vote broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate. Her gross lack of experience was brought to light most recently by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who put DeVos knowledge to the test during the nationally-televised confirmation hearings in January.The all-night session comes after huge disapproval to DeVos’ nomination from citizens across the country due to her lack of education experience, disdain for public schools, and previous investments in public and charter schools.”I oppose the nomination”, said Sen. “Under Secretary DeVos’s leadership, I am confident the federal government will loosen its grip on our education system and return power to the states and parents where it rightfully belongs”.DeVos, a wealthy Republican donor and longtime school choice advocate, has emerged as one of Trump’s most controversial Cabinet picks. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation are strong supporters of pro-life organizations like Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values and Right to Life of MI. She has spent a large portion of her personal fortune promoting school choice and voucher programs.Despite a reported flurry of opposition and phone calls to Senate offices, lawmakers voted 51 to 50 along party lines to add DeVos to Trump’s cabinet.