Contributed by Tracy Matheson
Democratic senators have announced their intention to protest the nomination of Betsy DeVos ahead of Tuesday’s expected confirmation vote.
In an effort to persuade one Republican to vote against Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, Democrats plan to hold the Senate floor all night long Monday night.
Patty Murray, Democrat senator from Washington announced, “Democrats will hold the floor for the next 24 hours, until the final vote, to do everything we can to persuade just one more Republican to join us.”
DeVos is a major donor to the Republican Party, and has faced fierce opposition from teachers unions and other liberal organizations over her support for charter schools and publically-funded tuition vouchers.
Eager to voice their objections to President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Education, many Senate Democrats are lined up to participate in the all-night session.
According to a spokesman for Murray, “Democrats plan to keep the floor open and there will be speeches over the night in this final push.”
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) February 6, 2017
No Democrat has expressed support for DeVos. Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are expected to vote against her.
Time is ticking for opponents to find a crucial third Republican to help them defeat the DeVos nomination. Republican Senators Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Deb Fischer of Nebraska had all been considered potential candidates to oppose DeVos, but they announced last week that they would support Trump’s nominee.
Unless Democrats agree to yield back some debate time, the final vote on DeVos’ nomination is scheduled to take place at noon on Tuesday. A 50-50 tie is expected, and Vice President Mike Pence is likely to cast the deciding vote.
H/T: The Hill
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