Murkowski to vote against DeVos as Education secretary

Murkowski to vote against DeVos as Education secretary

Murkowski to vote against DeVos as Education secretary

Senators Susan Collins and vote-against-trumps-education-secretary-nominee/">Lisa Murkowski said on Wednesday that they intend to vote against DeVos, meaning there is a likely 50-50 tie in support of her confirmation.

Maine's other USA senator, independent Angus King, who caucuses with Democrats, already said he would vote against DeVos' nomination, also citing concerns about the nominee's lack of experience with public schools. Both said in Senate floor speeches Wednesday that DeVos' commitment to the nation's public schools is in question in light of her long-held support for vouchers and charter schools.

The Washington Post reports that if all of the 48 senators that caucus with Democrats vote against DeVos, and they are joined by both Collins and Murkowski, her the vote to confirm would be 50-50, assuming she earns the vote of every other Republican.

She said that in Alaska, which is mainly rural, school choice is a hard option for many parents and added that her constituents brought such concerns to her attention.

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"Mrs. DeVos seems to think that the rules don't apply to her - but I have very clear criteria for what I'm looking for in a Secretary of Education".

"Her concentration on charter schools and vouchers, however, raises question about whether or not she fully appreciates that the secretary of education's primary focus must be on helping states. strengthen our public schools".

But if Sessions were confirmed, as expected, then that would have put Republicans down one senator. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who chairs the committee, said the vote would occur over Democratic objections and complaints that her nomination had been rushed through.

As debate on her nomination got underway, Sen.

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If Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is confirmed as attorney general before DeVos comes before a full Senate vote, it could further complicate her chances for confirmation. Senators such as Tim Scott (R-SC) say DeVos' skills in developing school choice programs would offer low-income, disadvantaged students an opportunity to get out of failing public schools that leave them without the opportunity to advance into higher education and meaningful careers.

Ms DeVos faced additional scrutiny from women's rights groups and LGBTQ activists. In a September 2016 letter to the Detroit Free Press, DeVos wrote, "Based on enrollment figures for Detroit, the vast majority of Detroiters agree with us, as they are already choosing schools outside of DPS that work for their children". Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced he will oppose DeVos.

Democrats, meanwhile, blasted the nominee for supporting privatization in ways they said hurt poor students, not understanding basic education laws and issues, and courting potential conflicts of interest through her investments.

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