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 DeVosFree college won't revive the liberal arts Klobuchar rolls out seven-figure ad buy in Nevada Five things to watch in Trump's budget proposal 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 NielsenHillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 Sen. Kennedy slams acting DHS secretary for lack of coronavirus answers The 'accidental director' on the front line of the fight for election security MORE and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump 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. 
 
“We will be inviting and having forums and meetings with a wide variety of expert,” DeVos said when Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkJeffries: Trump budget is a 'declaration of war on the American dream' Senate acquits Trump, ending impeachment saga Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements MORE (D-Mass.) pressed her on the commission’s lack of experts or Democrats. 
 
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.