Sen. Patty Murray, who earlier this week raised plagiarism questions about President Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, appears to have pulled one of her written questions for the nominee from an industry group fact sheet.
In an indication of just how awful a nominee Betsy DeVos at Education is for popular vote loser Donald Trump, two Republicans have announced they'll vote against her. Sen.
"Betsy DeVos possesses none of the previous qualifications, nor does she have any experience in public education at any level, does not possess a degree in any educational field, has never attended a public school, nor has she ever sent her children to a public school", the resolution states. If Democrats hold firm and no more Republicans join them, the nominee would face a 50-50 Senate vote with Vice President Mike Pence holding a tie-breaking vote.
But if just one more Republican votes no, DeVos would not be confirmed as education secretary.
The Senate take a final vote on DeVos's nomination potentially by the end of this week.
"I have 100 percent confidence that she will be the next secretary of education", Spicer told reporters. The wealthy Republican donor has been denounced by Democrats - and now two Republicans - who have slammed her credentials.
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WIth every Democrat expected to vote "no" on DeVos, her confirmation becomes less assured.
Murkowski was the second GOP senator on Wednesday to announce opposition to DeVos, joining Sen.
Senate rules require a simple majority of 51 votes for cabinet appointees. Collins laid out her reasons for opposing the appointment of Betsy DeVos. "I will not, cannot vote to confirm her". They defend her intentions and her experience as a school choice advocate and maintain that she would be a worthy advocate as secretary of education.
Nevertheless her concentration on charter schools and vouchers raises the question of whether or not she fully appreciates that the secretary of education's primary focus must be on helping states and communities, parents, teachers, school board members and administrators strengthen our public schools.
She also created a new controversy during the confirmation process, when she apparently lifted quotes from other sources ranging from federal law to materials prepared by the administration of former President Barack Obama, according to The Washington Post.