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These Are The Two Republicans Who Voted Against DeVos

These Are The Two Republicans Who Voted Against DeVos

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation are strong supporters of pro-life organizations like Michigan's Foundation for Traditional Values and Right to Life of MI.

If the final Senate vote winds up split down the middle, Mike Pence would become the first vice president to cast the tie-breaking vote in confirming a cabinet nominee.

Murkowski cited DeVos's push for vouchers, saying President Donald Trump's pick was "so involved in one side of the equation". He said he thanked God for public education. That would take an act of Congress Sen. However, both Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen.

All 48 Democrats plus two Republicans - Sens.

The Senate's vote on Tuesday-in which two Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Markowski of Alaska, crossed the aisle to vote against DeVos-marks the seventh of 22 Trump cabinet officials confirmed so far.

Just before the vote came Scott's statement, though that was limited to two and half minutes. Democrats are holding the floor for 24 hours straight in the lead-up to the vote.

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Jon Chapman of Sioux Falls said, "I believe that her special interest ties and big money connections do not have South Dakota's children at heart, especially rural schools".

But Daily Show host Trevor Noah thinks that DeVos' confirmation, which was opposed by Democrats, will mean that fewer people have access to education.

"If they want to start new programs -for example, to support school choice - they would have to get approval from Congress in order to be able to get that funding to initiate such programs, " she says.

Opponents also pointed to a number of instances during DeVos ' confirmation hearing when see seemed unsure of federal education laws or how public schools are overseen.

Wythe Keever, spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Education Association, said the teachers' union was disappointed in the outcome of the vote but proud of the mobilization and outpouring of support it received from its members.

But, he added, "Far too many kids, too many millions of kids, do not have a high level education available".

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