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Thousands Flood Senate Phone Lines To Oppose DeVos

| by Lauren Briggs

So many people have flooded their senators' phone lines and mailboxes to oppose the nomination of President Donald Trump's cabinet nominee, Betsy DeVos, that Democrats are saying that they have never seen a less popular nominee, even though the Senate is expected to vote in favor of confirming the prospective secretary of education.

The offices of Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California both stated that they have received more feedback urging them to vote against confirming DeVos than any other nominee, with Sanders' Washington office reporting 5,700 calls and 838 letters, notes Politico. Harris' office reported 2,000 phone calls regarding the nominee.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's office received hundreds of phone calls about DeVos on Jan. 25 alone. Schumer had reportedly only received a comparable number of calls in opposition to confirming Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the nominee for attorney general, said the New York Democrat's office.

Schumer has already announced that he will not be voting to confirm the billionaire GOP donor and private school advocate.

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"The president's decision to ask Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education should offend every single American man, woman, and child who has [benefited] from the public education system in this country," the New York senator said on Jan. 26, according to The Hill.

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has received more than 50,000 letters and emails urging him to oppose DeVos' confirmation, while Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia reportedly received at least 26,000 messages regarding the matter, notes Politico.

Despite the strong opposition from Democrats, DeVos remains popular with the GOP and is expected to easily receive the 50 votes needed to be confirmed, since there are 52 Republicans in the Senate, none of whom who have spoken out against her, according to The Hill. In the event of a tie, Vice President Mike Pence would make the final decision.

Sources: Politico, The Hill / Photo credit: Betsy DeVos/Facebook

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