MSU's Eli Broad writes letter against DeVos for sec. of education

While Secretary of Education nominees have typically garnered bipartisan support, DeVos emerged as one of Trump's most controversial Cabinet picks.

The New Hampshire senator Maggie Hassan, a Democrat whose son has cerebral palsy, asked DeVos if she understood it was already federal law.

Ultimately, only two GOP senators voted "no" to Devos: Sen.

All 48 members of the Senate Democratic caucus have vowed to oppose DeVos' nomination, along with two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

Starting on Monday afternoon, the Democrats vowed to talk on the Senate floor for 24-hours with the hopes of persuading one more Republican to vote against DeVos, which could tip the balance against her but is unlikely to happen. That set the stage for today's 50-50 vote in which Vice President Pence broke the tie.

Donnelly spoke on the Senate floor Monday evening, reading letters from IN constituents who opposed DeVos.

"I am deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans confirmed Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education".

During her confirmation hearing, DeVos faced harsh questions from Democrats that illustrated she knew little about most of the basic issues in the world of education.

"She's pushed for policies that have made charter schools in MI less accountable, and taken dollars away from public schools where the vast majority of children get their education", Stabenow says. "I have heard from folks on both sides of the debate over Betsy DeVos".

Ms DeVos has been an advocate of charter schools, which operate independently of school districts and frequently are run by corporations.

Trump contended Tuesday that Democrats had protested to "keep the failed status quo". The hundreds of thunderous rallies, the flood of phone calls, and the deluge of millions of emails in opposition to the DeVos' nomination deny the Trump administration a mandate to take over our public schools.

"I$3 t is clear from her testimony that Betsy DeVos has not done her homework", Harris said.

  • Jon Douglas