Today Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the US Senate to be Trump Secretary of Education. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been strong opposition to her confirmation from Democrats. Senate Democrats claim that DeVos:
“For many in the education community, Ms. DeVos’s full-throated support for charter schools and vouchers — which allow students to use taxpayer dollars to pay tuition at private, religious and for-profit schools — is emblematic of a disconnection from the realities of the education system. Neither Ms. DeVos nor any of her children attended a public school. And she has never taken out a federal student loan, which is striking when considering she will head a department that is the country’s largest provider of student loans.”
Republicans viciously defended DeVos hoping that she will reform the public school system and restart the charter school voucher program. Democrats stage an all-night protest in the Senate to show that they were not going to vote for DeVos and during the vote today two Republicans joined them. Once the vote was 50-50 Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote making the vote 51-50. Here is the video of Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote:
Senator Patty Murray D-Washington said that:
“It’s made an impact here and made a difference,” she said. “And I think it’s woken each of us up in this country to what we value and what we want.”
Although that sounds like a copout because the truth is the Democrats are not going to be able to stop anything without serious support from Republicans. The likelihood of that is doubtful any Republican that stands in the way of President Trump is going to pay a very serious price at the ballot box.
Source: New York Times