Devos confirmed in historically close vote

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Andrea Garcia

Betsy DeVos, a wealthy Republican donor, has been confirmed by the senate as the new Secretary of Education, but only after a historic tie breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. It was the first time ever that a vice president was called to the Capitol to break a tie on the cabinet confirmations.

There has been a lot of opposition to the new Secretary of Education. Many, like Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, believe that DeVos is unqualified due to being unfamiliar with public schools and the laws meant to protect the students. Many also believe that she wants to take taxpayer money from public school and into vouchers and private schools. They are not the only ones opposing her, teachers’ unions and charter organizations have called in and protested her nomination.