Spicer 'Confident' DeVos Will Be Confirmed Despite Some GOP Opposition
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Feb 05, 2017,
Feb 05, 2017, 1:13
Missouri's two U.S. Senators are split on confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary.
More than 300 people protested against Betsy DeVos nomination outside of Sen.
If no other Republican joins them, Vice President Mike Pence will vote to break the tie and approve DeVos. The opposition against her has proven to be loud and constant; it has even gone mainstream, as late-night hosts have mocked DeVos' apparent unfitness. Staff is answering as many as possible. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who chairs the committee, said the vote would occur over Democratic objections and complaints that her nomination had been rushed through.
Grayson said she supported at least one idea proposed by Trump and DeVos: to give school districts greater control of education. Two Republicans, pro-abortion Sens. All could be confirmed by February 11 if McConnell keeps the chamber in.
Perhaps the threat of a departmental dismantling could be the final push to get DeVos through.
"I have 100 percent confidence she will be the next secretary of education". The Senate vote on DeVos' nomination could come as early as Friday.
"I come to the floor to announce a very hard decision that I have made, and that is to vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be our nation's next secretary of Education", said Collins on the floor of the Senate. "I will not, I can not vote to confirm her as our nation's next secretary of education", said Collins. Yet if DeVos demonstrates the benefits in allowing parents to choose how their children are educated, it could strike a blow against teachers' unions and the existing public school cabal.
President Donald Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was sent this morning to the full U.S. Senate for confirmation on a tight 12-11 party line vote in committee after a fractious debate over her qualifications. So who are the GOP senators who appear publicly undecided about DeVos? Murkowski the calls and emails of her constituents played a big role in her decision to oppose DeVos. Wednesday (Jan. 31), after Sen. Pennsylvania Democrat Robert Casey has received the same amount.
Fritz created a GoFundMe titled simply, "Buy Pat Toomey's Vote" with the express objective of raising $55,800 - roughly the amount DeVos has donated to Toomey's campaigns - to send to the senator to encourage him to vote no on DeVos.
Republicans reported similar calling volumes. The final DeVos vote is expected Monday or Tuesday. "I'm for choice.it's your money you should be able to take it where you want and I think competition will make us better", he said in a previous interview.
The cabinet pick has been criticized for her support of school choice and taxpayer-funded voucher programs that would divert resources from struggling public schools.