Gillibrand to oppose DeVos for Education secretary

Gillibrand to oppose DeVos for Education secretary

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Fox News contributor Campos-Duffy compares abortion to slavery 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said that she will not vote for President Trump’s pick for Education secretary, saying she believes Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan DeVos family of Michigan ends support for Amash The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget MORE does not share "my commitment to a strong public education system.”

In a Facebook post and series of tweets, Gillibrand thanked constituents who reached out with “concerns” about DeVos.

“I want to let you know that I share your concerns,” she wrote. “I will be voting against her confirmation and I will urge my fellow Senators to do the same. Students, parents and teachers deserve an Education Secretary whose commitment to public education and safe schools will not waver.”

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The New York Democrat was the only senator to vote against retired Marine Gen. James MattisJames Norman MattisShanahan orders new restrictions on sharing of military operations with Congress: report Pentagon reporters left in dark as Iran tensions escalate Trump officials slow-walk president's order to cut off Central American aid: report MORE in the final vote to confirm him as Defense secretary. She was also one of the few Democratic senators — alongside Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (Mass.) — who voted against the waiver to allow Mattis to lead the Defense Department.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions chose not to hold a second hearing on DeVos after Senate Democrats sent a letter to chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access Bipartisan senators reveal sweeping health care package Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' MORE (R-Tenn.) requesting time to further scrutinize DeVos on any potential conflicts of interests.

"We believe it is our job as Senators to question nominees, fully explore their record, and understand, on behalf of our constituents, the positions they will take at the agencies," the letter said.

"Last week, however, instead of anything approaching an appropriate and reasonable level of robust scrutiny, Democrats were cut off from asking additional questions beyond a single round, which is unprecedented in the Committee."