After Democrats once again failed to stop another of President Donald Trump's Cabinet picks, Democratic Sen. Al Franken blasted Betsy DeVos and the Republicans who confirmed her for Secretary of Education.
"One of the most important jobs in our government is the Secretary of Education, who directly oversees the policies that children, teachers, school administrators, and entire communities depend on," Franken said in a statement. "It's not a job for amateurs who don't know the first thing about education. I voted against the nomination of Betsy DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor, because she is the most incompetent cabinet-level nominee I have ever seen."
"Last night, I urged my Republican colleagues to oppose her nomination, because if we cannot set party loyalty aside long enough to perform the essential duty of vetting the President's nominees, then I don't know what we are even doing here," Franken continued. "Betsy DeVos has demonstrated that she is fundamentally unqualified to lead the Education Department, and it's a shame that Republicans voted to confirm one of their major donors instead of looking out for our children."
DeVos, a proponent of private school who is married to the billionaire heir of the Amway fortune, has never held political office or worked in public education, according to Time. But she was confirmed by the Senate 51 to 50, with Vice President Mike Pence descending upon the Senate to cast the tie-breaking vote -- the first time for a Cabinet nominee, reported CNN.
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"I can tell you, my vote for Betsy DeVos was the easiest vote I ever cast," Pence said, according to NBC News.
Only two Republican Senators -- Susan Collins of Maine and Lis Murkowski of Alaska -- voted against DeVos.
During her Senate confirmation hearing, DeVos said it was "possible" when asked if her family had collectively given more than $200 million to the Republican Party, reported the Los Angeles Times.