Dems demand second hearing for Trump's Education nominee
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Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals' Democrats vow to push for repeal of other Trump rules after loss on power plant rollback MORE (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday evening that Democrats want a second hearing for President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE's nominee to lead the Education Department.

The Senate minority leader warned that the fight over Betsy DeVos could gum up the works for getting Trump's other nominees cleared through the Senate.

"We feel very strongly there ought to be another hearing, and this will affect how the rest of the nominees will go forward because we need time on them," he said. "I've never heard anything like this."


The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is holding a confirmation hearing for DeVos on Tuesday evening. Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderGOP braces for impeachment brawl McConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows GOP senator: 'Inappropriate' to discuss opponents, but impeachment a 'mistake' MORE (R-Tenn.) said at the start of the meeting that each senator would have 5 minutes to question DeVos, who has drawn sharp criticism from Democratic lawmakers.

Schumer added Tuesday that DeVos hasn't filed all of her paperwork and signaled that Democrats tried to get Alexander to push back Tuesday's hearing, but he refused.

"The hearing only began at 5 p.m. today because my friend Lamar wouldn't switch the hearing to a different day, even though there's no rush," he added.

The HELP committee was previously scheduled to take up DeVos's nomination last week, but Alexander and Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Biz groups say Warren labor plan would be disaster Freedom of the press under fire in Colorado MORE (D-Wash.) announced they had postponed it at the request of leadership and because of a packed Senate schedule.

DeVos is one of eight nominees that are getting a hearing this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Trump's troop pull back in Syria a 'grave strategic mistake' Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump insists Turkey wants cease-fire | Fighting continues in Syrian town | Pentagon chief headed to Mideast | Mattis responds to criticism from Trump TSA head rules himself out for top DHS job   MORE (R-Ky.) also said that the Senate could vote on some nominees after the inauguration on Friday.

Schumer on Tuesday accused Republicans of rushing Trump's nominees because "they're afraid what the public will hear."

"President-Elect Donald Trump said he's going to clean the swamp. What does he have? A rigged cabinet of billionaires, bankers, not the blue collar people he's appealed to."?

Democrats have repeatedly accused Trump of breaking his campaign promise to "drain the swamp." Schumer pointed to DeVos's hearing as "an indication that the swamp isn't close to being cleaned up."

Republicans have repeatedly noted that the then-Democratic controlled Senate confirmed seven nominees for President Obama on the same day as his 2009 inauguration.

Alexander praised DeVos at the start of Tuesday's hearing, saying she is "on our children’s side."