Apparently, it’s not just Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow that’s decided to come out aggressively against Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, in advance of the Amway billionaire’s Wednesday confirmation hearing. Earlier today, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who sits on the Senate committee that will be considering Devos’s nomination, sent the candidate a scathing 16-page open letter, outlining in exquisite detail why, in her opinion, the advocate for dismantling public education in America is the wrong person for the job. I’d encourage you to read the whole letter – especially the 41 questions that Warren tells DeVos she’d better “come prepared to fully answer” – but here are three quotes that I wanted to share.
As I said the other night, there are a lot of truly terrible nominees that are going to be considered over the coming days, but this one is on us, Michigan. DeVos is someone who we know, and it’s incumbent on us to make sure the world knows what she did to Michigan, and what she’s likely to do to public education across the United States if given the opportunity. So, if you haven’t already, please read my last post about DeVos, share it with everyone you know – especially public education advocates – and ask them to call their Senators and demand that they join Stabenow and Warren in voting against her. If nothing else, this most recent election proves just how important it is that we educate our young, and, given her track record here in Michigan, we just can’t allow someone like DeVos to be the person calling the shots and setting the course forward… If you agree with me, please make at least one phone call, or tell at least one person, OK?
And, here, in case you need a reminder as to what DeVos has done in Michigan, is a short clip from Warren’s 16-page letter.
update: It shouldn’t stop us from calling our elected representatives and telling our friends, but word just came down that DeVos’s confirmation hearing, which had been scheduled for tomorrow at 10:00 AM in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has been postponed by a week due to pressure from the left. [Maybe those 41 questions posed by Warren spooked them.] Here’s a clip from the Washington Post.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has postponed the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary.
DeVos’s hearing, originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday morning, has been rescheduled for Jan. 17 at 5 p.m., according to a joint statement from the HELP committee chairman, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and ranking member, Patty Murray (D-Wash).
The move comes after Democrats raised concerns about the fact that the Office of Government Ethics, which has said it is overwhelmed by vetting Trump’s nominees, has not yet completed its review of DeVos’s financial holdings and potential conflicts of interest…
This is great news. And it shows that we’re having an impact. Please keep calling.