Warren offers to wager fate of DeVos nomination on Super Bowl

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenMore Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 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 IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonTrump blasts Tester at Montana rally: 'He loves the swamp' Renaming Senate office building after McCain sparks GOP backlash GOP senator warns Trump: Anyone who trash-talks McCain 'deserves a whipping' 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 MurrayOvernight Health Care: HHS diverts funds to pay for detaining migrant children | Health officials defend transfers | Lawmakers consider easing drug company costs in opioids deal Trump health official defends funding shifts to pay for detained migrant children Judiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh MORE (D-Wash.), asked for a clarification of the committee’s rule on proxy votes for Cabinet nominees.

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchJudiciary Dems say GOP treating Kavanaugh accuser worse than Anita Hill Dem vows to probe 'why the FBI stood down' on Kavanaugh Senate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh 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 FrankenElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls #MeToo era shows there's almost never only one accuser, says Hill.TV's Krystal Ball Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC 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.