Education – Full Senate Vote on Education Secretary to be Held as Soon as This Afternoon

The full Senate resumes consideration of Betsy Devos to lead the Department of Education today, with the vote as soon as this afternoon. This follows last week’s party line vote of 12-11 by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee to advance the nomination. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have publicly stated their intent to vote no on the final confirmation vote. Because this will result in a 50-50 tie vote if all other Senators vote along party lines, Vice President Mike Pence is expected to preside so that he can break the tie. The Department of Education is responsible for implementation of federal education laws including Every Student Succeeds Act, the Higher Education Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The event will be livestreamed here.

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