Posted on February 07 2017
Betsy DeVos, President Trump's controversial nominee for Secretary of Education, has been confirmed by the Senate with an historic, tie-breaking vote by VP Mike Pence.
DeVos, a lifelong advocate for school choice and charter schools, has been the focus of backlash from teachers unions and some members of the left who waged a strong campaign to defeat her nomination.
Senate Democrats, weakened by their minority position after the election, attempted to delay the confirmation vote on the Senate floor. Though two Republicans, Sens. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, and Susan Collins, of Maine, chose to vote against DeVos, the effort to block her appointment failed in a 51-50 vote.
Vice President Pence cast the deciding vote, which was the first time in American history that a Vice President has been required to break a tie on a cabinet confirmation.