Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosJudge warns DeVos: 'I'm not sending anyone to jail yet' but it's an option Students ask judge to hold DeVos in contempt over debt collection DeVos security detail could cost taxpayers over M during Trump's first term MORE did not directly answer a question about whether she opposed discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity after being questioned on Tuesday at a House hearing on President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE's education budget. 

Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanTop progressive calls for Pompeo's salary to be withheld over Sondland's blocked testimony Democrats take Trump impeachment case to voters Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt MORE (D-Wis.) asked Devos whether she opposed discrimination against LBGT people at Tuesday's hearing.

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"Do you think it’s all right for a school to discriminate based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity?” Pocan asked, pressing DeVos on her comments earlier in the hearing regarding school suspensions.

DeVos paused before responding that her civil rights office investigates "any allegation" of discrimination. 

“We have laws that cover … discriminatory efforts and our office for civil rights has continued to be very diligent in investigating any allegation of discrimination and will continue to do so,” she said. 

Pocan responded, saying that he was looking for a "yes-or-no" answer to the question. 

“So is that a yes or is that a no?” he asked. “I’m trying to get a yes-or-no, I guess, on that.”

"We follow the law as this body has defined," she said as Pocan interrupted her, asking if she "personally" had an opinion on the matter.

"Because you are giving money to some charter schools that do discriminate," Pocan said before pressing the Education secretary on her stance on charter schools.

The Hill has reached out to the Education Department for comment.

DeVos has previously been questioned by lawmakers and advocates about her policies toward LGBT individuals.

Several prominent universities urged DeVos last year to protect transgender students' rights after the Department of Health and Human Services proposed to redefine gender as strictly biological. 

Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisFreedom of the press under fire in Colorado Democrats grill BLM chief over plans to move officials out of DC Colorado governor pokes fun at FaceApp MORE (D), who was then serving as a congressman, asked DeVos at a May hearing whether she was familiar with court precedents on transgender rights. Polis in November became the first openly gay person elected to a governorship.

DeVos, at the time, said she was committed to protecting civil rights as stated by the civil rights law and the office has continued to do so.

The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT rights advocacy group, last year projected a message on the Department of Education building asking DeVos "How do you sleep at night?" following a survey of roughly 12,000 LGBTQ teens who said Trump administration policies had targeted their demographic.

The Department of Education oversees programs and policy implementation that affect LGBT people, including regulations for how to observe Title IX gender discrimination protections.  

Pocan in 2017 led a group of LGBT Congress members sending a letter of opposition to the committee considering DeVos's nomination, citing her financial support for anti-LGBT groups and causes.