Reaction to DeVos confirmation

Feb 11, 2017, 00:28
Reaction to DeVos confirmation

It would mark the first time in history a vice president has had to break a tie over a presidential nominee's confirmation.

DeVos, who faced criticism leading up to Tuesday's confirmation, needed Pence's vote after two Republican senators - Sen.

"I have deep concerns about Ms. DeVos' ability to hold this job and her commitment to public education and protecting students from for-profit interests that seek to exploit them".

The Traverse City Education Associations says DeVos' stance on school choice and funding of public schools in concerning.

The majority of the Democrats were against her nomination, but things appeared hard for DeVos as two Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, also joined the opposition in an effort to derail the nomination of the Republican donor.

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DeVos has been the most controversial of President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees so far. Labor unions have bitterly contested DeVos' nomination, fearing that she will undermine public education by promoting charter schools and publicly funded voucher programs for private schools. Susan Collins, of ME - but the Democrats failed to sway a third colleague, and most Republicans expressed full public support for Trump's nominee.

Sen. Franken announced his opposition to Ms. DeVos shortly after her confirmation hearing.

President Trump's selection of Betsy DeVos as education secretary has caused some stir among those in the field. She also believes that her work in education can "advance God's kingdom".

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Tuesday ripped both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, President Trump's pick to lead the Education Department, and the Senate for voting to approve her earlier in the day.

"She didn't go to public schools, her kids didn't go to public schools".