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Another win for Trump, another loss for America

Leave it to Mike Pence to break the tie.

It was announced earlier today that, in a 51-50 vote in the Senate, Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as the new Education Secretary.

Every Republican Senator voted to confirm DeVos (excluding Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska). Not a single Democratic Senator voted in favor of DeVos’ nomination. Below is a list of the senators who voted yes, and those highlighted in red are those up for re-election next year in the midterm elections. (November 6, 2018… mark your calendars!)

  1. Vice President Mike Pence
  2. Steve Daines (Montana)
  3. John Thune (South Dakota)
  4. Ron Johnson (Wisconsin)
  5. Richard M. Burr (North Carolina)
  6. Jeff Sessions (Alabama)
  7. Roger Wicker (Mississippi)
  8. Roy Blunt (Missouri)
  9. Bob Corker (Tennessee)
  10. Michael B. Enzi (Wyoming)
  11. John Barrasso (Wyoming)
  12. Dean Heller (Nevada)
  13. Rob Portman (Ohio)
  14. Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)
  15. John McCain (Arizona)
  16. Richard C. Shelby (Alabama)
  17. Mike Lee (Utah)
  18. Ted Cruz (Texas)
  19. Dan Sullivan (Alaska)
  20. Cory Gardner (Colorado)
  21. Rand Paul (Kentucky)
  22. Deb Fischer (Nebraska)
  23. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
  24. James M. Inhofe (Oklahoma)
  25. Jim Risch (Idaho)
  26. James Lankford (Oklahoma0
  27. Jerry Moran (Kansas)
  28. Patrick J. Toomey (Pennsylvania)
  29. Joni Ernst (Iowa)
  30. Tom Cotton (Arkansas)
  31. Michael Rounds (South Dakota)
  32. Thad Cochran (Mississippi)
  33. Mitch McConnell (Kentucky)
  34. Michael D. Crapo (Idaho)
  35. John Hoeven (North Dakota)
  36. Pat Roberts (Kansas)
  37. Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)
  38. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah)
  39. John Kennedy (Louisiana)
  40. Thom Tills (North Carolina)
  41. Todd Young (Indiana)
  42. Jeff Flake (Arizona)
  43. Tim Scott (South Carolina)
  44. Ben Sasse (Nebraska)
  45. Marco Rubio (Florida)
  46. David Perdue (Georgia)
  47. Johnny Isakson (Georgia)
  48. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa)
  49. John Cornyn (Texas)
  50. John Boozman (Arkansas)
  51. Lamar Alexander (Tennessee)

Regardless of who you voted for in the election, I think most of us agree that Betsy DeVos is a danger to our public schools. She is outrageously under qualified, having no personal experience with public schooling. She has put hundreds of thousands of dollars into the pockets of GOP Senators, basically buying their votes. Is it not a conflict of interest for senators literally being paid by this family to vote for her conformation? It should be.

“It was the most embarrassing confirmation hearing that I have ever seen,” Senator Al Franken, Senator from Minnesota, said on Tuesday. “If we cannot set aside party loyalty long enough to perform the essential duty of vetting the president’s nominees, what are we even doing here?”

And this is the point where I tell you this post was thrown together in about 10 minutes before running off to my media effects class, so for a more in depth look at the DeVos vote, I have found this NYT post to be the best published so far.

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