Warren: GOP trying to rig DeVos’s confirmation vote

Republicans are blatantly ignoring serious ethical and professional concerns about Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE (D-Mass.) said Monday night, accusing the GOP of working to rig her confirmation vote.

In a fiery speech on the Senate floor, Warren laid out her case against DeVos and said Republicans have twisted the rules and done everything in their power to confirm DeVos.

“At every step along the way, Republicans have made it clear, no matter her inexperience, no matter her radical views, no matter her potential conflicts of interest, no matter her secrecy, no matter her blowing off basic anti-corruption practices, they will ram this nomination down the throats of the American people, sideways,” Warren said.


The Senate is scheduled to vote on confirmation for DeVos on Tuesday. All 48 Democratic senators are expected to vote against the GOP mega-donor and charter school advocate, and GOP Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg What Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies McConnell says Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg Democratic senator calls for eliminating filibuster, expanding Supreme Court if GOP fills vacancy What Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies MORE (Maine) have indicated that they will vote against DeVos as well.

That sets up a likely 50-50 tie and would allow Vice President Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of DeVos.

Warren argued that the GOP had “rigged the vote” by pushing back the confirmation vote for Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status White House officials voted by show of hands on 2018 family separations: report MORE (R-Ala.), who has not recused himself from voting on DeVos’s confirmation. Sessions’s nomination is expected to come to a vote later this week.

“Why is Sen. Sessions even voting on this nomination?” Warren said. “It is a massive conflict of interest. As the AG, Sessions will be responsible for enforcing the law against DeVos if her cesspool of unresolved financial conflicts results in illegal behavior. But apparently, the Republicans just don’t care.”