Warren offers to wager fate of DeVos nomination on Super Bowl

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Finance: Lawmakers grill Equifax chief over hack | Wells Fargo CEO defends bank's progress | Trump jokes Puerto Rico threw budget 'out of whack' | Mortgage tax fight tests industry clout Michelle Obama is exactly who the Democrats need to win big in 2020 Wells Fargo chief defends bank's progress in tense Senate hearing MORE (D-Mass.) voted against President Trump’s secretary of Education pick Tuesday, but she’s willing to leave Betsy DeVos’s nomination up to the football gods — if a Georgia Republican is up for it.

Warren on Tuesday suggested to Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonAmeriCorps hurricane heroes deserve a reward — don’t tax it Price’s job seen at risk after Trump slams private jet use Senate passes bipartisan Medicare reform bill MORE (R-Ga.) that they make a bet on the upcoming Super Bowl between Warren’s New England Patriots and Isakson’s Atlanta Falcons.

“How about we put a vote for Betsy DeVos on the line?” Warren asked Isakson to laughter during a break at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.

“That’s more than a gamble,” Isakson said.

“How confident are you?” Warren asked.

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“As I said, that’s more than a gamble.”

The Patriots and Falcons will face off in the Super Bowl in Houston on Sunday.

Warren’s suggestion came during a break after the committee’s vote on DeVos when the panel’s ranking member, Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayChildren’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Schumer calls for attaching ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance MORE (D-Wash.), asked for a clarification of the committee’s rule on proxy votes for Cabinet nominees.

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP eyes limits on investor tax break Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Utah) had voted by proxy for DeVos, giving the nominee a party-line 12-11 approval and sending her nomination to the full Senate.

To fill the time during the recess, Minnesota Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report John Oliver rips AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE (D) suggested the committee discuss the Super Bowl.

“Good luck, Johnny,” Franken said to Isakson.

Isakson said he won some “outstanding” salmon from Murray in a wager over the Falcons’s earlier NFL playoff game with the Seattle Seahawks.

“I guess Elizabeth Warren and I need to talk about a bet on the Super Bowl then,” Isakson said.

“I’m ready,” Warren replied.