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US Senate To Vote On DeVos Nomination

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The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on President Trump’s education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos. Democrats made a last-ditch effort to hold the floor for 24 hours as they tried to persuade a third Republican to join them in opposition to DeVos to break what appeared to be a 50-50 tie. Barring another defection, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote, which would mark the first time in U.S. history a vice president has ever been called on to tip a Cabinet confirmation vote. At the start of an all-night debate on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called DeVos the “least qualified nominee in a historically unqualified Cabinet.” Republicans have called the billionaire school-voucher proponent the kind of reformer the education system needs.

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