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Democrats stage 24-hour protest as DeVos vote nears

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary by the narrowest possible margin, with Vice President Mike Pence expected to break a 50-50 tie.

The vote planned around 12 noon today will come after Democrats undertook a marathon speaking binge in the overnight hours in a show of opposition to the nominee, Betsy DeVos. DeVos is a wealthy GOP donor who has devoted herself to boosting alternatives to public education, sparking concerns among educators that she won’t be a strong champion for the nation’s public school systems.

Two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have announced plans to oppose DeVos in a Senate split 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats.

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    • Chris

      Thats right my beloved middle name Obama stopped coal industry from dumping debris in streams that republican leader trump reversed. Not sure why republicans and their dads growing up hate brook trout

  • JJ Jakubowski

    After witnessing your FOX 17 News at 10 last night, I was shocked (but not at all surprised) about your “coverage” of the Betsy DeVos confirmation. You did a “wonderful” job of repetitiously promoting (and tacitly endorsing) the hatchet job the Dems are doing on Mrs. Devos. But, c’mon, would it kill you “journalists” at FOX to remind your viewers that there is another very important side to this?!! For instance — how about getting as repetitious with the VERY enthusiastic ENDORSEMENT of DeVos by Teresa W. Neal, the Superintendent of the GR PUBLIC Schools? It’s right there on the GRPS’ webpage … waiting and waiting and waiting for media to do its job and share it with the public.

    FOX’s failure of duty to provide perspective and the truth was compounded at 11PM. Debbie Stabenow was “given the floor” and yet more time to attack DeVos. Stabenow spouted the lie (yes, the LIE) that not one person involved in education (“…no Democrat, no Republican in Michigan”) supports DeVos. Really, Debbie … REALLY?!! Ms. Neal is an accomplished woman of color who has been devoted to improving our urban PUBLIC schools. She personally KNOWS of DeVos’ achievements and dedication to GR’s PUBLIC schools — many of which had been failing terribly for over 20 years! And Ms. Neal points out the exciting transformations and improvements GR Public Schools have seen over the last 4-5 years thanks to the SUCCESSFUL innovative programs and community efforts personally supported by Betsy DeVos. Both of these special women are being relentlessly attacked — DeVos very, VERY publicly, unfairly and nonstop. I’m sure the assaults on Neal are as just intense but much more, uh, discreet and “intramural”. The Teacher’s Union and the Dems (and apparently the media) do NOT want to draw any attention to this brave, honorable educator who KNOWS DeVos’ good works.

    In closing, let me preempt your predictable “reason” for not being fair, balanced and informative — your not being JOURNALISTS! You’ll say — “But, geez, our station is, uh, just reporting what OUR state’s reps were saying.” I’ll just let such cop outs flop under their own dead weight.

    • Little Mary

      Cut the talking heads some slack, JJ, you know they can’t think past the teleprompter. And, I’m pretty certain that Fox17 is a subsidiary of the Caliphate News Network. Other than that, you’re dead on.

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