Anti-DeVos rally planned for Capitol Hill ahead of Senate vote

Anti-DeVos rally planned for Capitol Hill ahead of Senate vote
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Hundreds of educators, parents and students will congregate on Capitol Hill Monday evening to protest Betsy DeVos ahead of Tuesday's final vote to confirm President Trump’s Education secretary nominee.

Demonstrators will call on senators to oppose her nomination as Democrats seek a third Republican senator to defect and sink her chances. 

Protesters, who plan to gather from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.,  will be joined by a handful of senators as well as members of the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association teachers unions, which have rallied against her nomination.

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The Monday protest coincides with a 24-hour talkathon planned by Senate Democrats to voice opposition to DeVos that's expected to last until Tuesday’s floor vote, scheduled for noon.

DeVos is a vocal advocate for charter schools and school choice, and her critics have sought to paint her as an opponent of public schools.

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Democrats and progressive groups are now targeting a number of Republican senators who could be the third defection, but so far no others have announced opposition to her nomination.

If no other GOP senators defect, the vote will stand at 50-50, with Vice President Pence casting the historic tie-breaking vote. It will be the first time a vice president has ever been the deciding vote on a nominee.