After weeks of controversy over her nomination, Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as the Education Secretary. The Senate was split 50/50 and Vice President, Mike Pence, had the historic record breaking vote. The Senate approved DeVos, 51/50. All Democrats, two independents, and two Republicans voted no towards her confirmation. Mike Pence’s vote was the first time in history that the Vice President broke the tie to confirm a cabinet member.
Democratic Senators stayed up all night to debate whether or not DeVos was qualified to be the Education Secretary. “I understand the pull of party loyalty. I understand the deference to a new president. But from waht we have seen in the first two weeks of his administration, party loyalty is demanding too much of my Republican colleagues,” Chuck Schumer said.
The controversy of DeVos’s nomination is not the first of Trump’s cabinet picks. Attorney general nominee Jeff Session, and Health and Human Services pick, Tom Price have sparked some major backlash.