Warren: GOP ramming DeVos 'down the throats of the American people'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKamala Harris raised .5M in first 24 hours of 2020 bid Will a Democratic woman break the glass ceiling in 2020? Poll: Trump trails several possible 2020 Dem opponents MORE (D-Mass.) slammed Betsy DeVos on Monday, urging Republicans to reject President Trump's pick to lead the Education Department. 
"I rise today to call on my colleagues to reject the nomination of Betsy DeVos," Warren said from the Senate floor. "The Republicans have made it clear no matter her experience, no matter her radical views ... they will ram this nomination down the throats of the American people sideways." 
Warren added that "it is difficult to imagine a worse choice" to head up the department. 
A final vote on DeVos's nomination is expected around noon on Tuesday as Democrats plan to hold the floor during a rare all-night session to voice their opposition to DeVos's nomination. 
DeVos will lose two GOP votes in Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiNew momentum for Equal Rights Amendment Trump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal MORE (Maine), which will probably force Vice President Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote to win her confirmation. Every Senate Democrat is expected to vote against DeVos, but it does not appear that she will lose another GOP vote.
"Now with at least 50 senators ... publicly opposed to this nomination, the Republican leadership has rigged the vote so that Sen. Sessions can drag her across the finish line just before he is confirmed as attorney general," she said. 
Warren pointed to DeVos's support for charter schools, lack of personal experience with the federal student loan program that she will oversee and her refusal to guarantee during her confirmation hearing that she would enforce a gainful employment rule as a few of the reasons she will oppose the nominee.
Warren pressed DeVos during the contentious confirmation hearing about the employment rule.
"I asked her basic, straightforward questions about her commitment to protecting students and taxpayers from fraud. ... Her response was shocking," Warren said Monday. 
When DeVos demurred from committing to enforce a gainful employment rule targeted at for-profit colleges — saying instead only that she would review it — Warren interrupted her, noting they had talked about the regulation during a closed-door meeting.
Warren added on Monday that DeVos's positions "would be a disaster for both students and taxpayers." 
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.
Warren noted that opponents of DeVos need to flip one more GOP senator. 
"I assume that the rush to complete this nomination has something to do with the fact that Republicans phones have been ringing off the hook," she added. 
Democrats are lining up on Monday to speak out against DeVos. Democratic Sens. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySen. Murray says Washington behavior reminds her of former preschool students Senate rejects government-wide ban on abortion funding Overnight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal MORE (Wash.), Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAirbnb is doing the Democrats' dirty work Protecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress Baldwin's Trump plays 'Deal or No Deal' with shutdown on 'Saturday Night Live' MORE (N.Y.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoHawaii state senator to announce bid for Gabbard's House seat in 2020: report AG pick Barr emphasizes independence from Trump Hirono says she can't trust Trump on shutdown talks: 'His word is not good' MORE (Hawaii), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback Dem senator references 'The Office' when posting job for Scranton regional manager  Sen. Casey says he won't run for president in 2020 MORE (Pa.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharGrassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices Identity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination CNN analyst Phil Mudd: Barr will ‘crush’ Trump administration MORE (Minn.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president GOP insiders knock their depictions in new Dick Cheney biopic ‘Vice’ Barr: It would be a crime for president to pardon someone in exchange for their silence MORE (Vt.) have also spoken from the floor.