The Vice President swore in Betsy DeVos yesterday after his tie breaking vote pushed through her nomination.
Democrats could barely catch their breath Monday night as they explained why they could not vote for President Trump's education nominee Betsy DeVos.
Usually, big campaign donors are awarded with an Ambassadorship, not a cabinet post, let alone one as important as the the department of education.
Previously, Cabinet nominees with poor support in the Senate have asked the president to withdraw their nomination. "I can not support her nomination because I'm not convinced that she is interested in bringing Democrats and Republicans together on a shared vision of improving public education in this country".
My objection to DeVos being confirmed has nothing to do with her positions on issues like vouchers, which I support.
She also showed a lack of knowledge on basic tenants of the education system, including the federal law to help students with disabilities and how to measure a student's performance.
Sen. Whitehouse stood by his vote, citing DeVos' conflicts of interest and her limited experience in education.
Senator Dick Durbin read emails and comments from constituents while speaking on the floor against DeVos' nomination.
GOP Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have announced their intention to vote against DeVos, which would leave her with the bare minimum of 50 votes in her favor. But Democrats failed to persuade other Republican lawmakers to cross the aisle.
Betsy DeVos became the next education secretary on Tuesday in a historic vote.
Jenkins says she called and emailed Sen.
Public schools face an uncertain future after Betsy DeVos' contentious confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education.
"Her views are extreme", Schumer said, according to the Post.