DeVos confirmed as education secretary with tie-breaker vote

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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 17: Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the next Secretary of Education, testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. DeVos is known for her advocacy of school […]

After a marathon debate, Vice President Mike Pence casts the tie-breaking vote to confirm Betsy Devos’ nomination as Secretary of Education.

The final vote coming down around 11:30 a.m Tuesday morning.


Monday night, Senate Democrats staged a last-ditch effort to sink Devos’ nomination. They held an hours-long debate on the Senate floor while arguing the billionaire donor lacks basic knowledge of American public schools.

Two G.O.P. senators had said previously they would vote against her nomination.

 

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