Betsy DeVos wins confirmation as education secretary as VP Pence casts historic vote

Flexing their slim majority, Republicans powered President Trump’s education secretary nominee through the Senate on Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting his first vote to break the tie and officially confirm Betsy DeVos. Democrats, urged on by their powerful backers in the teachers’ unions, had singled her out for particular scrutiny, calling her among the worst nominees in American history, and the worst of all Mr. Trump’s picks. They even mounted a round-the-clock vigil on the Senate floor, attacking her qualifications and saying the wealthy philanthropist’s commitment to parental choice in education would undermine the public school system. But most Republicans stuck together, rejecting the Democratic attacks and defending Mrs. DeVos as committed to getting children the best education possible, no matter what the setting. “The president deserves to have his Cabinet in place,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. Mrs. DeVos cleared on a 51-50 vote. Two Republicans — Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — defected to join Democrats in opposition. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the fact that Mr. Pence was needed to break a tie was “another glaring reminder of the unprecedented obstruction that Senate Democrats have engaged in throughout this process.”

Indeed..  Betsy’s confirmation earlier today is driving the education establishment, Democrat politicians, and the powerful teacher’s unions (like the NEA) absolutely nuts!  It’s a beautiful thing to see!

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