Senate Democrats Mount Final Push Against DeVos Ahead of Tuesday Vote

Senate Democrats Mount Final Push Against DeVos Ahead of Tuesday Vote

Monday morning about 20 protesters marched from City Hall to Senator Pat Toomey's office a few blocks away, asking him to vote no on Tuesday at the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

Columbia teachers protest Secretary of Education nominee Betsy Devos outside Senator Roy Blunt's office in downtown Columbia on Monday. Murray has expressed vigorous opposition to DeVos. Two Republican senators - Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins from ME - both announced last week they won't support her nomination.

Republicans control the Senate with 52 members, compared to 48 Democrats and independents. It's not just any vote against DeVos-it's the one that would seal DeVos' fate, and embarrass the Trump administration. If that happens, it would be the first time a vice president has needed to cast the tie-breaking vote for a Cabinet secretary.

So far, Trump only has four.

The Senate nearly always confirms cabinet nominees put forth by presidents. "Her nomination is opposed by Democrats who take millions of dollars from the big unions obsessed with denying school choice to low-income children".

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'Democrats don't have to like that decision but they do have a responsibility to our country, ' McConnell said.

The nomination now moves to the Senate floor for consideration.

"I know for a fact that this has nothing, nothing to do with Rob Portman's support of that individual", Triantafilou said. 'It's a strategy in search of a goal'.

Though Republican senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska both voted for DeVos to face a full senate vote during last week's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee meeting, they revealed just a day later that they will not be voting to confirm her.

The Democrats' appeals come after two GOP senators - Sens.

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For his part, Alexander has maintained that DeVos has the votes to be confirmed.

With the vote so close, DeVos' opponents in recent days have held rallies in the home states of lawmakers they are targeting, which include, Cory Gardner (Colorado) who represents a state won by Hillary Clinton, Shelley Moore Capito (West Virgina) and Jerry Moran (Kentucky), according to published reports. Elizabeth Warren of MA and New York Sen. and Minority Leader Charles Schumer. Patty Murray of Washington, who is known for working across the aisle, said from the Senate floor on February 6, according to The Hill.

Stabenow accused of now only negatively impacting public education, but making charter schools less accountable and transparent.

Alexander gave a final plug for DeVos, attempting to beat back criticism about her lack of experience with public education.

"DeVos" failure to meet even minimum standards leaves us with no choice but to speak out", the two said, citing her investment in Neurocore, "a biotech company that claims to have "helped thousands of children' with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder".

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"This is completely unacceptable to me as a senator, and this is completely unacceptable to me as a father", he said.

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