Senate Democrats hold floor over DeVos vote

There’s a lot of heat out there against Ms Devos.


Teachers unions, advocacy groups and others are jamming Senate phone lines, funding TV ads and rallying on the ground to stop Betsy DeVos from becoming President Trump’s secretary of Education. But their efforts, at least for now, appear to be coming up one vote short.

With her final Senate confirmation vote set for Tuesday at noon, the chamber still seems locked in a 50-50 split on the nomination. If that happens, Vice President Pence is expected to cast a historic, tie-breaking vote to confirm her.

This scenario has DeVos’ critics going into overdrive in a bid to peel off one more Republican to vote nay.

“We are trying to do everything we can to persuade just one more Republican to join us,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Monday. “Double down on your advocacy. … She’s spent her career trying to destroy public schools.”

The Democrats’ appeals come after two GOP senators — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — announced their opposition last week to the school choice advocate and wealthy Michigan political donor. Presuming all 48 Democratic senators oppose DeVos, this brings the tally to 50-50.

Several of the major groups rallying against DeVos, including the American Federation of Teachers union, declined on Monday to name which of the remaining Republican senators they are targeting.

But while teachers unions and others say DeVos’ support for voucher programs and other school-choice efforts will hurt public education, backers say her plans will provide more opportunities to families and an alternative to public schools which in some parts of the country are showing little progress improving student proficiency in core subjects.

Pence, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” predicted victory for their nominee.

“We are very confident that Betsy DeVos is going to be the secretary of Education,” he said. “It would be my high honor to cast the deciding tie-breaking vote on the floor of the Senate.”

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15 Responses to Senate Democrats hold floor over DeVos vote

  1. hocuspocus13 says:

    The DemocRats are in total meltdown and chaos 😭

    Liked by 7 people

  2. nyetneetot says:

    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash = Bernie Sanders in a dress

    Liked by 7 people

  3. czarowniczy says:

    Wanna talk about ‘ruining public education’? Take a look at Louisiana, 51st state in the nation for education. Mississippi and Louisiana used to fight for last place, then DC was added to the mix and it was a three wat tie for last. Now
    Mississippi is 46th, DC is 47th and Rat Louisiana’s still firmly entrenched as 51st. As far as a child’s safety in school Mississippi is at 26th, DC is at 24th and good old Rat Louisiana’s glued in there at 51st – most dangerous state fir a kid to go to school.
    My kids went back to their Mom’s state for school, it was too dangerous in the New Orleans school system, and that was 30 years ago. At least NOLA’s consistent.

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  4. lovely says:

    Imagine the 2018 elections and DeVos’ influence on the public school system beginning to bear some early fruits, now imagine the commercials featuring the democrats voting against “the children.”

    Makes me smile.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. amwick says:

    Smart people have tried to explain that whole voucher system to me.. I just can’t wrap my head around it.. maybe because I have never had to worry about educating a child.. It just seem complicated.. but that’s me..

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  6. Sharon says:

    “….while teachers unions and others say DeVos’ support for voucher programs and other school-choice efforts will hurt public education,”

    Ya think?

    I ‘spose it would seein’s how “public education” done by ignorant persons would not be selected by the parents who use vouchers.

    We can give them credit for identifying cause-and-effect perhaps.

    (I iz irritable, I think)

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  7. MaryfromMarin says:

    Thomas Sowell came out of retirement to highlight the importance of the DeVos confirmation (apologies if this is just a repeat of something posted elsewhere):

    Education at a Crossroads

    Liked by 3 people

  8. kinthenorthwest says:

    Our educational system is in chaos…Just look at what a person tweeted yesterday.
    Fine example of what students are learning in our American educational system today.

    Liked by 2 people

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