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 DeVosNYC teacher suing DeVos over student loan forgiveness program Trump administration says joint UNC, Duke program portrays Islam too positively Trump awards Medal of Valor, civilian honors to responders in Dayton and El Paso shootings 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 NielsenPence taps former DHS spokeswoman as his new press secretary DHS officials called lawmaker visit to migrant detention facility a 'Hill stunt' White House fires DHS general counsel MORE and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDemocrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment 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 ClarkTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Fourth-ranking House Democrat backs Trump impeachment 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.