After weeks of controversy, Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education has been confirmed.
If all 48 Democrats vote against DeVos, which is expected, and two Republicans vote against her, the vote would be split at 50-50, meaning Vice President Mike Pence would break the tie.
Many Democrats spoke throughout the sit-in Monday night, attempting to convince Republican senators to oppose DeVos. Prior to her bid for the secretary chair, the 59-year-old billionaire heiress was best known for her family's donations to campaigns and super PACs and for serving on the board of several education-related organizations.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) received more than 50,000 letters and emails in opposition to DeVos ahead of the HELP committee's vote to advance her nomination in late January, his office told Politico.
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Protestors demonstrate against President Trump's nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, on Capitol Hill on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. With Republicans holding 52 seats, and two GOP senators voting against DeVos, Pence was needed. Franken and DeVos had a memorable exchange during a confirmation hearing when Devos struggled to answer Franken's questions about the difference between academic proficiency and growth.
Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey both argued that DeVos is a threat to the public education system.
My objection to DeVos being confirmed has nothing to do with her positions on issues like vouchers, which I support.
"Educators and parents of students with special needs are rightfully concerned, as am I, about Ms. DeVos' lack of understanding or even awareness of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act", Warner said in a statement after the Senate approved the nomination. He said he thanked God for public education. "She's just not fit to be the head of education in the United States", said one city public school teacher.