Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota promised that all Democrats on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will oppose Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, reports Casey Quinlan. Franken broke the news Thursday on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, adding that Democrats will need to find Republican senators to oppose her in a full vote since they do not hold a majority.
Unlike Carson, who avoided disagreeing with senators during the confirmation, DeVos played it less safe and showed her lack of knowledge on education policy in a variety of areas,” says Quinlan.
DeVos confirmation hearing was, in fact, a disaster, with the nominee revealing her confusion on a host of education-related issues, including a federal law protecting the rights of students with disabilities and the need for a Wyoming school to protect students from grizzly bears, which she insisted required the use of guns.
But DeVos revealed most about her agenda when she refused to answer questions to clarify her stance on campus sexual assault, LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage, and her ardent support of vouchers and the expansion of charter schools at the expense of public schools.