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 Ann WarrenNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Bloomberg, Patrick take different approaches after late entries into primary race Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne 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 MurkowskiHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Senators press FDA tobacco chief on status of vaping ban Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families 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 SessionsWhite House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Sessions vows to 'work for' Trump endorsement 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.”