Senate Democrats are putting on a 24-hour speech marathon in hopes of convincing at least one more Republican to reject President Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos. Vice President Mike Pence cast an historic, tie-breaking vote to confirm the West Michigan native. Two Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - have said they will vote against her, meaning the Senate is split 50-50 on her nomination if the rest of those voting do so along party lines as expected. Her gross lack of experience was brought to light most recently by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who put DeVos knowledge to the test during the nationally-televised confirmation hearings in January. Susan Collins, of ME - but the Democrats failed to sway a third colleague, and most Republicans expressed full public support for Trump's nominee.
Republicans described DeVos as being in-step with campaign promises made by President Trump on education. "I knew Republican friends, Democratic friends, Independent friends who rallied against her nomination".
In fact, the stunt plainly isn't about changing any senator's mind: They've already got the two Republicans who regularly vote with the teachers unions - which are, as we noted Sunday, DeVos' true diehard enemies.
The tie-breaking vote was an, until now unprecedented occurrence in a Cabinet confirmation.
Senator Lamar Alexander, of Tennesse, and former Secretary of Education, was upset with his colleagues for being against DeVos.
The Maine Education Association is vowing to push back against newly confirmed U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, concerned that DeVos will weaken public schools.
DeVos has, however, spent years advocating for privatizing schools and the school voucher program.