Gillibrand to oppose DeVos for Education secretary

Gillibrand to oppose DeVos for Education secretary

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Klobuchar pressing Barr on release of Mueller report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Mueller report is huge win for President Trump 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 DeVosCelebrity college scandal exposes deeper issues in academic system Trump signs executive order on campus free speech Student loan debt: The government broke it, and must fix it 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 Mattis16 times Trump said ISIS was defeated, or soon would be Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief under investigation over Boeing ties | Trump uses visual aids to tout progress against ISIS | Pentagon, Amnesty International spar over civilian drone deaths Pentagon watchdog probing whether acting chief boosted Boeing 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 WarrenJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Pence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC Poll: Biden, Sanders lead Trump in Iowa 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 AlexanderRomney helps GOP look for new path on climate change GOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight Overnight Health Care: Senators seek CBO input on preventing surprise medical bills | Oversight panel seeks OxyContin documents | Pharmacy middlemen to testify on prices | Watchdog warns air ambulances can put patients at 'financial risk' 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."