Betsy Devos: School safety commission to consist of four Cabinet secretaries, no Democrats

Betsy Devos: School safety commission to consist of four Cabinet secretaries, no Democrats
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The Trump administration’s commission to examine school safety in the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting will consist of just four people — all Cabinet secretaries — and no Democrats.
 
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosDeVos: Education 'clearly' not one of Trump's top priorities The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate MORE, testifying at a congressional hearing Tuesday, said the commission would be comprised of herself, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenBooker calls for hearings on reports of ICE using solitary confinement Customs and Border Protection chief to step down Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw MORE and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAttorney General Barr plays bagpipes at conference Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama Trump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake MORE.
 
She said it would meet for the first time “within the next few weeks,” but did not commit to a start date or an end date for the commission completing its work. 
 
 
The commission was announced after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February, in which a former student is charged with shooting and killing 17 people. 
 
During the hearing, DeVos was frequently grilled on her position on gun violence.
 
 
She also told Pocan that she was not a member of the National Rifle Association and walked back earlier controversial comments that schools should be allowed to keep guns in case of attacks by grizzly bears.
 
“I probably would have used a different example,” she said of the comment made last year.