Senate Democrats Plan All-Night Talkathon over Betsy DeVos' Nomination

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called DeVos nomination "a slap in the face". "This nomination is dead even right now - on the razor's edge".

Democrats' all-night debate is not a filibuster, which is a tactic that seeks to delay or block a vote. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chrairman after the education committee voted to move DeVos' nomination to the full Senate.

But where Republicans see a pioneering champion for competition and free-market incentives in education, Democrats see the leader of a plot to siphon off already-scarce public funds and hollow out America's public education system, which now serves roughly nine of every 10 students in the country. She was tripped up when asked about accountability standards and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. "It's different. We believe that a commitment to strong public schools is part of America's core". This is a notion that is embedded in our values.

"I really can't think of a worse person who I would suggest could be the education secretary for us in the United States, " Duff said. "It's in our blood". "Keep making your voices heard for these last 24 hours", she said.

DeVos struggled through her confirmation hearing two weeks ago.

Richard DeVos III - Rick - is an entrepreneur who graduated from Calvin College; he is also the founder of ArtPrize, a "social experiment" where the world's largest art prize would be determined by public vote as well as venture capital seed fund, Start Garden.

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Vouchers and privatization of schools is not the answer.

Marco Rubio had harsh words for Rex Tillerson last month when the former ExxonMobil CEO came before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding his nomination as Secretary of State, but he ultimately went ahead and supported him.

There's been a very aggressive organizing effort at the grass-roots level to overwhelm the Senate phone system with calls opposing DeVos. The majority have been against DeVos, according to the senator. If DeVos is confirmed on Tuesday (which Pence insists she will), it is paramount that we work to ensure equitable education for children and adolescents across the nation. Wilson described cramped classrooms, inadequate materials and a personal lack of satisfaction in her education due to the "naive and narrow policies of Betsy DeVos". She opposed Trump during the 2016 Republican primary season and instead backed Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and Sen. She also admitted to knowing little about the Pell Grant program and federal student loans, as neither she nor her children have ever had to use such resources.

Fortunately, it has now become clear to at least two Republican senators, who earlier this week announced their opposition to the billionaire political donor. The Office of Government Ethics has identified more than 100 potential conflicts of interest concerning DeVos' candidacy.

The Senate nearly always confirms cabinet nominees put forth by presidents.

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