Betsy DeVos' nomination confirmed by committee, heads to full Senate

Betsy DeVos' nomination confirmed by committee, heads to full Senate

Betsy DeVos' nomination confirmed by committee, heads to full Senate

"As a matter of fact I do think that there would be that possibility I have worked very hard on behalf of parents and children for the last nearly 30 years", DeVos said.

"Her hearing was so lacking in any knowledge at all about policy in public education", said U.S. Sen.

Fox 59 said in DeVos's defense that over 1,000 questions were answered in her name, which means that there is a likelihood that some staffers and aids helped answer them.

In the hearing earlier this month, DeVos agreed that Trump described sexual assault in a leaked hot mic video from a 2005 entertainment show and turned a discussion of guns in schools turned on grizzly bears.

The Post also reports that throughout the questionnaire, DeVos pull phrases verbatim from Department of Education materials without using quotes or citing her source (which is a basic "don't"). The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved DeVos 12-11 in a vote along party lines.

Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Murkowski both said they may not ultimately vote for DeVos.

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Still, Murkowski said she would give President Donald Trump deference in voting his nominee out of committee while not making such commitment to how she would vote when the nomination comes before the full Senate. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) declined to take more questions, claiming that Democrats submitted 1,400 additional questions to DeVos, a number he says is 25 times the amount of questions President Obama's nominees received.

In arguing against DeVos' nomination, Democrats said they still have deep concerns about DeVos' financial entanglements, despite her reaching an agreement suitable to the nonpartisan Office of Government Ethics to divest herself of more than 100 investments. That's why hundreds of groups and legislators have pleaded with Congress not to confirm DeVos, and why tens of thousands of Americans have jammed the Senate hotlines urging their senators to reject the nomination. In 2011, Devos and her husband founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter high school.

Patty Trott, a concerned parent also present at the protest in Anchorage, raised the issue that DeVos' own children attend private school.

A vote date has not yet been scheduled, but it is expected later this week. In rural areas, options like charter schools and vouchers are typically not available to students, Murkowski noted. "I have not been persuaded that Betsy DeVos will put students first if she is confirmed", said Murray.

Many Republicans scoffed at the idea that President Trump would pick an "establishment" candidate.

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