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Dem senator: DeVos ‘woefully unqualified’

Dem senator: DeVos ‘woefully unqualified’
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Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) says the Senate should block Betsy DeVos from becoming President Trump’s Education secretary.

“I hope there is another senator willing to break with the president and vote against this woefully unqualified nominee,” she said in a Friday New York Times op-ed. "We must listen to the thousands speaking up for our children and the public education system that serves all Americans.”

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She needs just 50 GOP senators to back her, which would allow Vice President Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote.

DeVos has encountered fierce opposition, and Hassan criticized her support for private school vouchers.

“Instead of supporting public schools, Ms. DeVos has supported voucher systems that divert taxpayer dollars to private, religious and for-profit schools without requirements for accountability,” she said.

The Senate advanced DeVos’s nomination 52-48 early Friday, with no Democrats voting yes for the Republican mega-donor.