BREAKING: Senate vote on DeVos is in…

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 choice and education voucher programs and is a long-time leader of the Republican Party in Michigan.

It has been a long road for President Trump’s Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Democrats have fought tooth and nail to deny her the opportunity to take her post, even getting a few Republicans to join them in their cause.

As the Senate confirmation vote neared, speculation began to reach overdrive. Senate Democrats planned to stage a filibuster, and it was still unclear whether DeVos had the votes to be confirmed. Thankfully, that roller coaster ride is over, as Fox News is reporting that DeVos has indeed been confirmed.

From Fox News:

School choice advocate Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed Tuesday as the next education secretary despite deep opposition from teachers unions and other groups, after Vice President Pence intervened to cast a historic tie-breaking vote.

Pence’s vote marked the first time in American history a vice president has broken a tie on a Cabinet nominee’s Senate confirmation – and the first tie-breaking vote by a VP since 2008. Pence was compelled to cast the vote, in his role as president of the Senate, after two Republican senators – Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – came out against DeVos.

With a few Republicans crossing over to vote “no,” it was up to Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie in the Senate, which he did with a “yes” vote.

Democrats have fought almost every one of President Trump’s nominees for cabinet positions, but they seemed most intent on derailing DeVos. Despite her record as an advocate for positive change in Michigan, Democrats slandered her repeatedly in an attempt to keep their grip on local education. In the end, Republicans had just enough votes to get DeVos confirmed.

[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]


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