Could GOP Defections Cause Stalemate in DeVos Confirmation?

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Two liberal Republican senators, Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), however, said they could not support her and would vote only to advance her nomination to the floor of the Senate.

Betsy DeVos' confirmation vote in the Senate Wednesday will be tight: Two Republican senators announced Wednesday that they will oppose Devos' nomination to be secretary of Education.

The East Hampton School Board passed a resolution opposing President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, at its budget work session Tuesday night.

Did Collins and Murkowski go "RINO", as charges on social media allege? While DeVos has donated her time and money extensively to education reform causes over the years, she has no experience in public schools, and much of her time and energy has focused on school choice that provides alternatives to the traditional public school sector. "Mrs. DeVos does not meet that standard, and I will oppose her nomination". That vote could come from one of the other rural, anti-voucher Republicans, Education Week's Andrew Ujifusa wrote.

"I have heard from thousands, truly thousands, of Alaskans who shared their concerns about Mrs. DeVos as secretary of education", she said.

While Murkowski's decision not to vote for DeVos might not keep the nomination from getting through, it does say one thing - senators do listen to their constituents. Once Sessions, who was confirmed by Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, becomes the country's top law enforcement officer, he will have to vacate his seat and no longer be able to support Trump's nominees in the Senate.

DeVos's vision for public education includes religious academies; charter schools with for-profit management companies, including fully online operators; and specialized public schools.

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Betsy DeVos testifies in a confirmation hearing to be next Secretary of Education.

"I believe we are going to confirm her", Alexander said in an interview.

"I am 100 percent confident she will be the next secretary of education", he said.

Spicer called DeVos an "unbelievably qualified educator and advocate for students, teachers, parents".

No Democratic senators are expected to vote for DeVos. "They question her commitment to students with disability rights under IDEA", Murkowski said.

It initially appeared that DeVos, like many of Trump's other controversial cabinet nominees, would be able to squeak through on a mostly party-line vote. "I would not advise yet that she count on my vote".

Betsy DeVos has never taught in or been an administrator of a public school.