Democrats Plan To Speak All Night In Protest Of DeVos

Democrats Plan To Speak All Night In Protest Of DeVos

Democrats plan to spend the next 24 hours speaking on the Senate floor in a last-ditch effort to derail the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee for education secretary.

An Iraq war amputee, Duckworth said she would not be where she was without a quality public education and protections such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sam Inglot is the deputy communications director at Progress Michigan. His spokesperson, Kevin Smith, said, "we always welcome hearing from our constitutents". She did not previously work in education; she has not previously worked much at all.

Critics contend DeVos is not the right candidate, because she never attended public school as a student, participated as a parent, supported or worked in a public school setting.

"We understand that people would love for their kids to go to a bright, shiny new school". Democrats criticized her for being unable to answer basic questions about education philosophy and expressed concern over her business ties, some of which are in education. "Nine hundred of which who are educators". One can also operate a charter for a profit, which means academically poor schools remain in operation without strict regulation as long as they still make money.

If she got the job, DeVos would be responsible for advising President Trump on federal policies and programs related to education in the country. One in particular mentioned by DeVos was the Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy boasted a 92-percent graduation rate over four years.

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Gorsuch is an impressive jurist, and that judgment goes beyond his Harvard law background, his clerking for two U.S. Liberal lawyers agreed that the judge, who has served a decade on the 10th U.S.

But he didn't name school choice-DeVos' signature issue-as the committee's first order of business.

An aide for the Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, on which Murray and chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., sit, said he expects more than 30 Democrats to speak between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, and that the number could grow.

A major GOP donor and former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, DeVos has no previous experience in public education, though she has been a longtime champion of of school choice and vouchers. DeVos needs the support of 51 senators to be confirmed, and Republicans control 52 seats.

Two Republican senators have also said they will oppose Devos' nomination, which could result in a 50-50 Senate vote that would require a tie-breaker vote from Vice President Mike Pence. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, no one from the GOP has pledged to vote against her.

Last week, with more than 1 million letters flooding Capitol Hill calling for DeVos's defeat, Republican Sens.