Schumer to GOP: Work with us to block Betsy DeVos
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerVoting rights failed in the Senate — where do we go from here? Forced deadline spurs drastic tactic in Congress Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans MORE (D-N.Y.) is making an 11th-hour appeal to Republicans, urging them to reject Betsy DeVos's nomination to lead the Department of Education. 

"We need just one more vote, and we can get a lot better secretary of Education than the one who was nominated," Schumer said from the Senate floor on Monday. 
A final vote on DeVos is expected on Tuesday with Democrats pledging to pull an all-nighter late Monday to protest her nomination. 
Schumer said that Republicans should "look into their conscience and cast their votes not based on party loyalty, but based on whether or not Ms. DeVos is qualified to be our nation's leader on education policy." 
Schumer praised the two GOP senators, calling them "courageous" for becoming the first Republican lawmakers to buck a President Trump Cabinet pick. 
Democrats are running out of options for potential GOP senators who could help sink DeVos. Republican Sens. Pat Toomey (Pa.), John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Senate Republicans call on Biden to lift vaccine mandate for truckers crossing Canadian border Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Native solar startups see business as activism MORE (N.D.), Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerSeven most vulnerable governors facing reelection in 2022 Nevada becomes early Senate battleground Nevada governor Sisolak injured in car accident, released from hospital MORE (Nev.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Biden may get reprieve with gas price drop EPA proposes lowering past blending requirements for gasoline, rejecting waivers Overnight Defense & National Security — A new plan to treat Marines 'like human beings' MORE (Neb.) — each considered potential candidates to flip and oppose DeVos — announced late last week that they would support Trump’s nominee.
Unless Democrats can peel off a third Republican senator, Vice President Pence is expected to break a 50-50 tie to confirm DeVos. It would mark the first time a vice president has cast the deciding vote on a nomination. 

DeVos, a GOP mega-donor, has been the subject of fierce opposition from teachers unions and other liberal groups over her support for charter schools and tuition vouchers using public funds. 

Schumer blasted DeVos on Monday, calling her the "least qualified" of Trump's Cabinet picks. 
"In my mind, she is the least-qualified nominee in a historically unqualified Cabinet. On conflicts of interest she ranks among the worst," he said. "She seems to constantly demand the main purpose of her job: public education." 
DeVos endured a rocky confirmation hearing during which she at one point appeared to advocate for guns in school because of the possibility of a grizzly bear attack, at least in Wyoming.
Schumer called her answers during the committee hearing "embarrassing." 
"Not only for her, but for my Republican colleagues on the committee who rushed her nomination through with five minutes of questions," he said.