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Big News Wednesday February 8, 2017
Senate approves Betty DeVos as education secretary in highly-divisive vote: What this means for American students?
The Senate on Tuesday narrowly voted to approve the Cabinet nomination of Republican billionaire Betsy DeVos as secretary of education in the Trump administration, following an unusual amount of opposition. Vice President Mike Pence was forced to intervene with the tie-breaking vote following a 50-50 tie for and against her appointment, marking the first time in U.S. history that a vice president has been called upon to resolve a deadlock over a Cabinet nomination. Pence told his newest Cabinet member, "I wasn't just voting for you. Having seen your devotion to improving the quality of education for some of our most vulnerable children across the nation for so many years, I was also casting a vote for America's children." "I can tell you, my vote for Betsy DeVos was the easiest vote I ever cast," he later added during her swearing in...Read More