The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) announced in a joint statement Monday night that the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, has been postponed.
The hearing was originally set to take place on Wednesday morning, but has been pushed back to Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. in order to “accommodate the Senate schedule.”
Democrats had repeatedly argued Monday that Republican senators are accelerating the confirmation process and that there is not ample time to thoroughly vet the candidates.
Despite the committee claiming that DeVos’ confirmation delay was related to schedule planning, Politico reporter Seung Min Kim posted a tweet that the delay was demanded by Democrats “due to paperwork issues.”
A joint statement released by HELP committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) says the following:
“At the request of the Senate leadership to accommodate the Senate schedule, we have agreed to move the nomination hearing of Betsy DeVos to Tuesday, January 17th at 5:00 p.m.”
An aide to Alexander confirmed that the hearing was pushed back “simply to accommodate the Senate schedule,” adding that “Betsy DeVos is an outstanding nominee who has complied with all of the committee’s requirements and no one doubts that she will be confirmed as Education Secretary.”
An aide to Murray said in another statement that the senator “is hopeful that this additional time will allow Ms. DeVos to complete the required ethics paperwork in time for the Office of Government Ethics to submit it to the HELP Committee before her hearing, just as every single one of President Obama’s nominees did and as Leader McConnell demanded eight years ago.”
The HELP committee still intends to vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos on Jan. 24.
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 10, 2017
H/T: The Hill
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