Betsy Devos: School safety commission to consist of four Cabinet secretaries, no Democrats

Betsy Devos: School safety commission to consist of four Cabinet secretaries, no Democrats
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The Trump administration’s commission to examine school safety in the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting will consist of just four people — all Cabinet secretaries — and no Democrats.
 
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosRep. Espaillat: Why I fight for protecting immigrant students and the future of the nation Activists project messages on Education Dept. headquarters: ‘Betsy DeVos, how do you sleep at night?’ DeVos comments on undocumented schoolchildren strike a nerve with Democrats MORE, testifying at a congressional hearing Tuesday, said the commission would be comprised of herself, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenImmigrant women, children abused by gangs need our protection ‘Whatever’ isn’t an option for immigrant children Hillicon Valley: Trump claims 'no deal' to help Chinese company ZTE | Congress briefed on election cyber threats | Mueller mystery - Where's indictment for DNC hack? | Zuckerberg faces tough questions in Europe MORE and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDirector of federal prisons resigns after clashes with Kushner, Sessions: report Black Caucus raises concerns over Amazon facial recognition software Immigrant women, children abused by gangs need our protection MORE.
 
She said it would meet for the first time “within the next few weeks,” but did not commit to a start date or an end date for the commission completing its work. 
 
“We will be inviting and having forums and meetings with a wide variety of expert,” DeVos said when Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkLawmakers congratulate Duckworth on birth of daughter DeVos battles lawmakers in contentious hearing Betsy Devos: School safety commission to consist of four Cabinet secretaries, no Democrats MORE (D-Mass.) pressed her on the commission’s lack of experts or Democrats. 
 
The commission was announced after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February, in which a former student is charged with shooting and killing 17 people. 
 
During the hearing, DeVos was frequently grilled on her position on gun violence.
 
 
She also told Pocan that she was not a member of the National Rifle Association and walked back earlier controversial comments that schools should be allowed to keep guns in case of attacks by grizzly bears.
 
“I probably would have used a different example,” she said of the comment made last year.