GOP Senators Announce Opposition To DeVos As Education Secretary
- Author: Sidney Guerrero Feb 02, 2017,
Feb 02, 2017, 1:04
The pair became the first GOP senators to oppose one of Trump's nominees as they vote-no-on-betsy-devos">announced their opposition to her nomination on the Senate floor. Collins revealed she had serious concerns that DeVos would fail traditional public schools in her state and around the country.
Dichele is anxious that DeVos being Secretary of Education will not allow for public school systems to be funded in the way they should be.
Donald Trump has chosen Betsy Devos as his education secretary.
That is why I wrote to Mrs. DeVos seeking her assurances in writing that she would not support any federal legislation mandating that states adopt vouchers nor will she condition federal funding on the presence of voucher programs in the states.
To be on the safe side, Senate Democrats need to pick up one more Republican no vote.
Prior to the November 8 election, DeVos supported Republican candidate Marco Rubio and believed President Trump was not representative of the Republican Party. "I look forward to supporting Mrs. DeVos' nomination when the Senate considers it on the floor".
"I will not - I can not vote to confirm her as our nation's next secretary of education", Sen.
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Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has dealt a blow to President Trump's nomination for U.S. Secretary of Education.
The Post reported that this suggests DeVos' confirmation is "not assured".
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has been unreachable by telephone, as voters sought to sway his vote on confirming Betsy DeVos as education secretary, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The NEA, along with other labor groups like the American Federation of Teachers, has waged a fierce campaign against DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist and school choice activist. Republicans hold a four-seat advantage and during a procedural vote Monday on the nomination, Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Mark Warner of Virginia cast their ballots for Tillerson.
Participating in the call were Patricia Levesque, chief executive of the Foundation for Excellence in Education; Del. Mike Enzi had apparently told her about about a rural school with a fence to keep grizzly bears out - but not much. She was appointed in 2004 by then-President George W. Bush to the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
Assuming all other Republicans in the Senate vote in favor of the nominee, the confirmation tally will split 50 to 50.
"It gets down to qualifications", Grayson said.
"She is someone who has been a tireless advocate over the last couple of decades to really support reforms that benefit children and they are going to be the real winners with her as secretary of education", he said.