Murkowski to vote against DeVos as Education secretary

  • Murkowski to vote against DeVos as Education secretary

Murkowski to vote against DeVos as Education secretary

Susan Collins vote-against-devos-for-education-secretary/?utm_term=.43da7a3789d2" target="_blank">said Wednesday that she'll oppose Betsy DeVos' nomination, withholding a crucial Republican vote for her confirmation.

The full Senate vote is expected to be close, with two Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - announcing their opposition to DeVos on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

The potential nomination of DeVos, a charter school advocate who also supports school vouchers, has been ardently opposed by proponents of traditional public schools, who allege she strives to privatize the public school system.

Murkowski (R-AK) said, "I think that Mrs. DeVos has much to learn about our nation's public schools: how they work and the challenges they face".

During Wednesday's White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer expressed "100%" confidence DeVos would be confirmed.

Although if Collins and Murkowski are joined by any other Republicans in voting no and she does not earn any Democratic votes, DeVos would not be confirmed.

Murkowski made similar statements following Collins, noting that she heard from thousands of her Alaskan constituents expressing concerns about DeVos. "The objection is she supports charter schools".

Two Republican senators have announced their opposition to Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's pick for education secretary.

The recent nomination of Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education has led to backlash across the country, including at Quinnipiac University. In order to avoid using Pence as a tie-breaker, Republicans would need to flip at least one Democrat up for re-election in a red state next year-and Sen.

"I was trying to get to yes".

Their willingness to buck the GOP alliance behind DeVos, a MI billionaire and major political donor, reflects the mounting public outrage over her selection by Donald Trump.

"As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place, but I have serious concerns about the qualifications of Betsy DeVos", Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, said in a news release.

DeVos' policies could also exacerbate racial and ethnic disparities in public education for children with autism, says Connie Kasari, professor of human development and psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Activists spent the weekend trying to convince Alexander to rethink confirmation of DeVos, gathering outside his Nashville office on West End Ave.