Letter, 2/6: Demand vote against DeVos

GOP Sens. Susan Collins, R-Me., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Ak., though, have said they plan to oppose DeVos - deadlocking the expected vote at 50-50.

Murkowski and Collins's announcement led some to believe that DeVos, who is incredibly and completely unqualified to hold this position, was vulnerable.

"I'm going to be called on ... for the first time in American history as vice president to cast the deciding tie-breaking vote for a cabinet nominee", Pence predicted on "Fox News Sunday."

He said Democrats can vote against a nominee but they shouldn't "slow walk" the confirmation process.

"We want to show people that ― people aren't smiling, we don't think this is really amusing, it's a dark, sad time for us if Congress thinks this woman is qualified", said Marla Kilfoyle, a teacher on Long Island who also serves at the executive director of the association.

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Their endorsements were given despite phone calls from thousands of Kansans urging the Senators to break party lines and vote against the wealthy Republican donor.

DeVos, who graduated from the private liberal arts school, Calvin College, has never held public office, and has no experience with public schools or the trillion-dollar federal student loan program.

"In conversations with her, we just have a different view for what is best for our children and a very different view on what's been happening in public education". "This nomination is dead even right now - on the razor's edge".

DeVos, a MI billionaire, has been a major backer of charter schools and taxpayer-funded voucher schools in her home state and throughout the country.

Republican leaders, such as Sen.

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She added that thousands of MI residents of all stripes had emailed, called her office and approached her in public to urge her not to support DeVos.

A confirmation hearing is scheduled for the week of Monday, February 6 for President Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos.

"Since the Secretary of Education is charged with enforcing non-discrimination laws, LGBTQ advocates, including the CCAR, are concerned", they wrote.

"DeVos is a billionaire who spent her career and fortune rigging the system". A filibuster attempt was already defeated early Friday morning when the Senate voted 52-48 to move forward with DeVos' final vote.

In 2014, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) opted to change the Senate rules to require only 51 vote to end debate for a confirmation.

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