Published: Thu, February 02, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Sen. Collins joins opposition to Ed. Secretary nominee

Sen. Collins joins opposition to Ed. Secretary nominee

"I'm concerned that Mrs. DeVos's lack of experience with public schools will make it hard for her to fully understand, identify and assist with those challenges", Ms. Collins said.

Murkowski, a Republican, said she heard from "truly thousands" of Alaskans concerned about Trump's selection of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education.

Sen. Collins specifically said that she does not think DeVos has the necessary experience to help rural schools, such as those in Maine. This would force vice-president Mike Pence to cast a tiebreaking vote under Senate rules and one more defection would doom her nomination.

If she loses one more Republican - and all Democrats vote against her - the nomination dies, the AP said. But Capito's spokeswoman told us Wednesday that that the West Virginia senator plans to vote for Trump's education secretary nominee. No Senate Democrats are expected to support the billionaire Amway heiress's bid to "build God's kingdom" at the DOE.

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.

With Collins and Murkowski out, it is increasingly unlikely that DeVos will be confirmed by the Senate if Alabama Sen.

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After a fractious debate over her qualifications last month, MI billionaire and philanthropist Betsy DeVos on Tuesday cleared her first hurdle with a 12-11 party line vote in committee.

She also couldn't answer questions on basic education policies, including proficiency versus growth and policies regarding students with a disability. Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowksi (AK) announced their opposition on the floor Wednesday.

A vote for final confirmation in the Senate has not yet been scheduled. However, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said, "I am 100 percent confident she will be the next secretary of education".

Collins called DeVos "a product of her experience".

After her horrific confirmation hearing, news broke that she actually appears to have plagiarized some of her written testimony - even from a former Obama administration official. If one additional Republican defects, DeVos' nomination would be squashed.

It was the biggest public outcry over an education secretary that Kusler has seen in her career of more than 20 years, she added. DeVos is a big-time advocate for vouchers and other forms of choice. "I will not, cannot vote to confirm her".

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