Two Republican senators vow to oppose Betsy DeVos as education secretary

Posted February 02, 2017

Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and vote-against-trumps-education-secretary-nominee/">Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) announced Wednesday that they would not be voting for Betsy DeVos as education secretary, potentially imperiling the nominee's confirmation.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools board of education is calling on U.S. senators to reject Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, based on what one trustee described as DeVos' "open hostility to the students she is nominated to serve". In that case, Vice President Pence, who supports her confirmation, would likely cast a tie-breaking vote in her favor.

To get confirmed, DeVos also needs the vote of U.S. Sen.

Trump's Education Secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, however, seems to be struggling. If you know anyone who lives in the following states, urge them to call their senators and tell them to vote NO on DeVos. "She appears to view education through the lens of her experience promoting providing alternatives to public education in Detroit and other cities, where she has no doubt done valuable work", Collins said. "What I especially like about Mrs. DeVos is that she believes in the local school board instead of the national school board".

The DeVos nomination could be in even more danger if Republicans vote to confirm Sen.

Answering a question about civil rights protections, DeVos also used a phrase that appears to copy a document on the Education Department website nearly word for word. "He is confident she will get confirmed", an aide to Alexander said after the senators announced their opposition. Also on display was a deeply troubling lack of understanding about core functions of the Department of Education including higher education student loans, regulations of for-profit colleges and federal requirements to guarantee students with disabilities can receive public education.

A full Senate vote could come early next week.

The Post reported that this suggests DeVos' confirmation is "not assured". "I can not support this nominee", Murkowski said. "They're very concerned that Mrs. DeVos will force vouchers on Alaska".

DeVos is a billionaire GOP donor and longtime charter schools advocate who has donated tens of millions of dollars to GOP candidates and on education causes. If one additional Republican defects, DeVos' nomination would be squashed. Yet, they added that Murkowski and Collins made this announcement when they were sure all GOP support for DeVos was cemented.

"I can not support this nominee", Ms Murkowski said of DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist with no experience working in education who is a strong charter-school advocate, in a floor speech.