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Gillibrand to Oppose DeVos for Education Secretary

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced on Tuesday that she would oppose President Trump’s education picky, Betsy DeVos.

The Hill reports:

In a Facebook post and series of tweets, Gillibrand thanked constituents who reached out with “concerns” about DeVos.

“I want to let you know that I share your concerns,” she wrote. “I will be voting against her confirmation and I will urge my fellow Senators to do the same. Students, parents and teachers deserve an Education Secretary whose commitment to public education and safe schools will not waver.”

The New York Democrat was the only senator to vote against retired Marine Gen. James Mattis in the final vote to confirm him as Defense secretary. She was also one of the few Democratic senators — alongside Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) — who voted against the waiver to allow Mattis to lead the Defense Department.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions chose not to hold a second hearing on DeVos after Senate Democrats sent a letter to chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) requesting time to further scrutinize DeVos on any potential conflicts of interests.

“We believe it is our job as Senators to question nominees, fully explore their record, and understand, on behalf of our constituents, the positions they will take at the agencies,” the letter said.

“Last week, however, instead of anything approaching an appropriate and reasonable level of robust scrutiny, Democrats were cut off from asking additional questions beyond a single round, which is unprecedented in the Committee.”

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