Betsy DeVos is now one step away from being officially confirmed as the next Secretary of Education.
Despite widespread criticism of DeVos from politicians, educators and citizens, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions voted Tuesday to approve her nomination from Donald Trump. According to Associated Press reports, the committee has now sent the nomination along for the final step in the confirmation process, which will be a full Senate vote.
BREAKING: Senate committee approves DeVos for education secretary, sends nomination to full Senate.— The Associated Press (@AP) January 31, 2017
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In early January during the Senate confirmation hearings, several lines of basic questioning from several Democratic Senators, including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, identified gaping holes in DeVos' resume. Most notably, DeVos lack of experience with regard to both higher education and public education sent a shockwave across social media, as video clips of the hearings went viral.
DeVos will need a total of 51 votes from the Senate to be confirmed as Secretary of Education.