Two Republican lawmakers not voting for Betsy DeVos during senate nomination

Posted by on February 2, 2017 8:30 pm
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Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Two Republican lawmakers expressed that they are not voting for Betsy DeVos for the Secretary of Education post making the pick of President Donald Trump at risk of not being nominated for the spot.

The two Republicans who expressed that they will not be voting for DeVos are Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. They made their announcement on Wednesday. Democrats need three Republicans voting against DeVos for her not to be appointed.

However, other Republicans, such as Senator John Corynyn of Texas, believed that despite two from their party is not voting for DeVos , they are confident that she will be confirmed. Collins and Murkowski said in their statement on the Senate floor that they do appreciate Devos’ efforts to help children regarding the use of school vouchers and charter schools but they believe she lacks the experience needed to serve as the secretary of education.

Collins noted, “The mission of the Department of Education is broad, but supporting public education is at its core. I’m concerned that Mrs. Devos’s lack of experience with public schools will make it difficult for her to fully understand, identify and assist with those challenges, particularly for our rural schools in states like Maine.” Murkowski echoed Collins’ statements saying that communities in Alaska depended on the public school system and she does not believe that DeVos has the background to strengthen the system.

The voting might take place over the weekend or next week. There are 48 Democrats in the Senate and 52 for the Republicans. If the Democrats vote as a bloc against DeVos plus the two votes of Collins and Murkowski , the vote will be 50-50. Vice President Mike Pence will have to cast the tiebreaking vote. If that happens, he is expected to vote for DeVos .

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