Senate Democrats announced they will be holding the floor for the next 24 hours before a final confirmation vote on Betsy DeVos.
The final vote is now expected to come down in a 50-50 tie, with two Republican senators joining Democrats and Independents in the Senate in voting no on DeVos' confirmation.
Murkowski and Collins's announcement led some to believe that DeVos, who is incredibly and completely unqualified to hold this position, was vulnerable. In that event, Vice President Mike Pence is nearly sure to cast a first-ever, tie-breaking vote to confirm a Cabinet nominee. Democrats don't have the votes to stop either one, but they have been exhausting the maximum amount of time on the floor to debate nominees, stretching the process for each one out over a couple of days. As a longtime advocate of school vouchers and alternatives to the public school program, DeVos has become public enemy No. 1 to the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and other unions for public school teachers and employees.
Senators Bob Casey (Pennsylvania) and Brian Schatz (Hawaii) both confirmed that they were scheduled to speak tonight.
Dozens marched near Senator Rob Portman's downtown office Monday, urging him not to vote for Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. When asked about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the federal civil rights law that requires public schools to provide a free and appropriate education to all students with disabilities, Ms. DeVos astonishingly replied that compliance to this federal statute should be left to the states. She's committed to destroying public education.
"For the vast majority of people across the country, public education isn't just another issue". Then again, so have a lot of other Republicans in Washington, as DeVos admitted in her one confirmation hearing that "it's possible" that she and her husband (Dick DeVos Jr.) have given $200 million to candidates over the years. "DeVos' move to have vouchers to transfer taxpayer money into private schools, we can't be weakening our public schools, we need to strengthen them". This is a notion that is embedded in our values. Of course, he will vote in favor of DeVos.
Murray argues that Trump pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is unfit for the job.
Democrats have three major qualms with DeVos.
Senate leaders intend to have confirmation votes early this week on DeVos and Jeff Sessions for attorney general.