GOP Sens. Collins, Murkowski say they'll vote no on Betsy DeVos nomination

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In an indication of just how bad a nominee Betsy DeVos at Education is for popular vote loser Donald Trump, two Republicans have announced they'll vote against her. Sen.

Two Republican senators are saying Wednesday they will not support Betsy DeVos as USA education secretary, leaving the MI billionaire's appointment to President Donald Trump's cabinet in doubt.

In a statement on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday afternoon, Sen. They would only need for three Republicans to side with them to make DeVos just the 10th cabinet nominee in US history to be rejected by Congress.

However, it appears that one of the questions Murray had given to DeVos was in fact cribbed from another source without proper citation.

Betsy Devos is clinging to the Education Department with a single finger.

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"I will not, I can not vote to confirm her as our nation's next secretary of education", Ms. Collins said.

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander helped shepherd President Trump's pick for Education Secretary through an intense committee vote Tuesday.

If she loses one more Republican - and all Democrats vote against her - the nomination dies.

After many of Trump's nominees sailed through their confirmations in recent weeks, the names now before the Senate were meeting resistance.

Explaining her decision to vote against DeVos on Wednesday, Murkoski said she had received thousands of calls from constituents urging her to oppose the confirmation.

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That is why I wrote to Mrs. DeVos seeking her assurances in writing that she would not support any federal legislation mandating that states adopt vouchers nor will she condition federal funding on the presence of voucher programs in the states.

Confirmation hearings for Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder have been delayed over ethics filings. According to an analysis of campaign contributions by the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress, she and her family gave $957,500 to 21 Republican Senators who will vote on her nomination, including $60,050 to Toomey.

But, in the email quoted by the Voice, Toomey communications director E.R. Anderson said Toomey regarded DeVos as a "champion of school choice", while adding that the Senator "does appreciate the feedback from folks in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania". "She's never been a teacher, a school administrator, nor served on any public board of education". It's time for change and I believe Mrs. DeVos will be an agent of change in our system.

Murkowski, who represents Alaska, said she would vote against DeVos for similar reasons.

DeVos pivoted a week later, however, stating in a letter to a Georgia senator that she will uphold the special education law. If all of the Democrats withhold support, which they likely will, then that gets them to 50 votes, which means VP Pence has to weigh in. DeVos, a billionaire GOP donor, is a vocal advocate for charter schools and school choice.

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