Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Secretary of Education…Thanks to VP Pence’s Tie-Breaker

Just a few minutes ago, Vice President Mike Pence was forced to break a Senate deadlock and cast the decisive vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education. DeVos had somehow become the lightning rod of President Trump’s Cabinet, even though she was a mostly “non-political” figure before being nominated for the post. She has served Michigan’s public schools for years but it seems that her support of school choice has made her a target of the Educator Unions and Education lobbyists.

From CNN:

Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote Tuesday to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next education secretary after the Senate was evenly divided over the controversial pick.

The 51-50 vote ends Trump’s toughest confirmation battle yet. Senate Democrats debated through the night and into Tuesday morning in a last-ditch attempt to derail DeVos, buoyed by support from Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.
Throughout the fight, Democrats argued they needed “Just one more!” — to lure away another Republican vote. But Senate Republican leaders succeeded in delivering a victory to Trump in a confirmation fight that very few expected to become as tough as it did.
Republican Senators [score]Lisa Murkowski[/score] and [score]Susan Collins[/score] both voted no, forcing VP Pence to cast the deciding confirmation vote. Earlier this week the Daily Caller explained why the two Republicans were likely standing against DeVos.
Murkowski was endorsed by the Alaska chapter of the National Education Association (NEA) in her 2016 campaign for Senate. The group, which represents 12,000 members who work in Alaska’s public schools, praised Murkowski for her “consistent commitment to improving public education.”…

Collins, who has served in the Senate since 1997, received an “A” grade from the National Educators Association (NEA)in 2008. The “A” grade is the highest possible, according to the senator’s own press release. It is based on her voting record and “her co-sponsorship of legislation critical to NEA’s identified legislative priorities.” The “A” rating was also the result of “effective behind-the-scenes advocacy.”

The truth is that both Senators usually vote like liberal anti-choice Democrats when it comes to education. And honestly, they are two of the most likely candidates to side with the Democrats on any given issue.
Thankfully, VP Pence had the last word on the subject and that word was… “confirmed.”
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