As a Senator from Massachusetts, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Elizabeth Warren is rooting for the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl. But according to MassLive.com, the Democrat is so sure her team is going to win that she offered to put her full chamber vote for the nominee for Secretary of Education on the line as part of a bet on the big game (in jest, of course).
Warren voted against confirming President Donald Trump's choice for DeVos, who was approved to go before the entire Senate after a tense confirmation process. To add some levity to the day, Warren told Senator Johnny Isakson, a Republican from Georgia, that they should use the outcome of the Super Bowl, where the Patriots are playing against the Atlanta Falcons, to decide on DeVos’ fate.
Warren has been an outspoken critic of DeVos, writing a letter before the confirmation hearing where she questioned the nominee’s qualifications. “It is hard to imagine a less qualified or more dangerous person to be entrusted both with our country's education policy and with a trillion-dollar student loan program," she stated.
As The New York Times reported, all 11 Democrats on the committee opposed the nominee, while all 12 Republicans approved her. But while DeVos is moving on to the next phase, her confirmation is not a done deal. One Republican who voted to advance DeVos wouldn’t commit to voting for her on the Senate Floor.
Some of the concerns about DeVos include her past statement that public education is dead and that government funding is better off being diverted to private and charter schools. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, said that DeVos needs to prove that she has the needs of all children—not just students who can afford private and alternative education institutions—in mind.
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