Warren offers to wager fate of DeVos nomination on Super Bowl

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren calls on big banks to follow Capital One in ditching overdraft fees Crypto firm top executives to testify before Congress Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't seek reelection MORE (D-Mass.) voted against President Trump’s secretary of Education pick Tuesday, but she’s willing to leave Betsy DeVos’s nomination up to the football gods — if a Georgia Republican is up for it.

Warren on Tuesday suggested to Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonHerschel Walker calls off fundraiser with woman who had swastika in Twitter profile Georgia reporter says state will 'continue to be a premier battleground' Critical race theory becomes focus of midterms MORE (R-Ga.) that they make a bet on the upcoming Super Bowl between Warren’s New England Patriots and Isakson’s Atlanta Falcons.

“How about we put a vote for Betsy DeVos on the line?” Warren asked Isakson to laughter during a break at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.

“That’s more than a gamble,” Isakson said.

“How confident are you?” Warren asked.


“As I said, that’s more than a gamble.”

The Patriots and Falcons will face off in the Super Bowl in Houston on Sunday.

Warren’s suggestion came during a break after the committee’s vote on DeVos when the panel’s ranking member, Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayBiden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans On The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (D-Wash.), asked for a clarification of the committee’s rule on proxy votes for Cabinet nominees.

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchLobbying world Congress, stop holding 'Dreamers' hostage Drug prices are declining amid inflation fears MORE (R-Utah) had voted by proxy for DeVos, giving the nominee a party-line 12-11 approval and sending her nomination to the full Senate.

To fill the time during the recess, Minnesota Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken rules out challenge against Gillibrand for Senate seat Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Al Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' MORE (D) suggested the committee discuss the Super Bowl.

“Good luck, Johnny,” Franken said to Isakson.

Isakson said he won some “outstanding” salmon from Murray in a wager over the Falcons’s earlier NFL playoff game with the Seattle Seahawks.

“I guess Elizabeth Warren and I need to talk about a bet on the Super Bowl then,” Isakson said.

“I’m ready,” Warren replied.