Gillibrand to oppose DeVos for Education secretary

Gillibrand to oppose DeVos for Education secretary

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandTrump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana OPINION | Hey Dems, Russia won't define 2018, so why not fix your party's problems instead? Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said that she will not vote for President Trump’s pick for Education secretary, saying she believes Betsy DeVos does not share "my commitment to a strong public education system.”

In a Facebook post and series of tweets, Gillibrand thanked constituents who reached out with “concerns” about DeVos.

“I want to let you know that I share your concerns,” she wrote. “I will be voting against her confirmation and I will urge my fellow Senators to do the same. Students, parents and teachers deserve an Education Secretary whose commitment to public education and safe schools will not waver.”

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The New York Democrat was the only senator to vote against retired Marine Gen. James Mattis in the final vote to confirm him as Defense secretary. She was also one of the few Democratic senators — alongside Sens. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalTrump attack puts Sessions in bind Dem leaders amp up calls for bipartisan ObamaCare fixes Three Dem senators call for 'immediate review' of Kushner's security clearance MORE (Conn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSanders keeping door open on 2020 Scaramucci deletes old tweets bashing Trump Trump's new communications chief once called him a 'hack' MORE (Mass.) — who voted against the waiver to allow Mattis to lead the Defense Department.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions chose not to hold a second hearing on DeVos after Senate Democrats sent a letter to chairman Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderSenate panel rejects Trump funding cuts on Energy Department programs Governors-turned-senators meet to talk healthcare With healthcare bill derailed, GOP wonders: What now? MORE (R-Tenn.) requesting time to further scrutinize DeVos on any potential conflicts of interests.

"We believe it is our job as Senators to question nominees, fully explore their record, and understand, on behalf of our constituents, the positions they will take at the agencies," the letter said.

"Last week, however, instead of anything approaching an appropriate and reasonable level of robust scrutiny, Democrats were cut off from asking additional questions beyond a single round, which is unprecedented in the Committee."