It has taken a long time to get here, but President Trump’s new education secretary Betsy DeVos has been voted in.
Senate Democrats tried to filibuster when we did not know if DeVos would get enough votes. Thankfully she scraped through by a single vote.
School choice advocate Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed Tuesday as the next education secretary despite deep opposition from teachers unions and other groups, after Vice President Pence intervened to cast a historic tie-breaking vote.
Pence’s vote marked the first time in American history a vice president has broken a tie on a Cabinet nominee’s Senate confirmation – and the first tie-breaking vote by a VP since 2008. Pence was compelled to cast the vote, in his role as president of the Senate, after two Republican senators – Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – came out against DeVos.
With two Republicans voting against her, it was put to vice president Mike Pence to have the deciding vote.
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