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DeVos, Sessions Confirmations Expected Despite Democratic Opposition

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By    |   Monday, 06 Feb 2017 09:36 AM

Two of President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees are expected to pass narrowly even though Democrats are trying every method available to delay and debate, CNN reports.

Senators may vote Tuesday to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, with Vice President Mike Pence expected to cast the deciding vote.

"Teachers have more freedom and parents have more choices, they are public schools and Betsy Devos is in the forefront of helping create that opportunity for public education," Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee told ABC News.

"We will be swapping a national school board for what she believes in, which is a local school board," added Alexander, a former education secretary under President George H.W. Bush.

Currently every Democratic senator and only two Republicans, Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, have opposed DeVos' confirmation.

"I ask my colleagues to look into their conscience. Sometimes loyalty to a new president demands a bit too much," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said from the Senate floor Friday, according to The Hill.

"Please think about it over the weekend. This person, Ms. DeVos, does not deserve be the Secretary of Education."

Sen. Jeff Sessions' confirmation as Attorney General is expected later in the week, so he doesn't miss the chance to vote for DeVos in the Senate.

Democrats attempted to disrupt the votes last week by walking out unexpectedly, but Republicans continued without them.

"I think they're just in full resistance mode. I don't think they're interested in talking," Sen. John Cornyn, the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate, said of Democrats to CNN.

"It's like somebody that murdered their parents and then they pled for mercy because they are an orphan," Cornyn told the Hill. "So I think it's all of their own making."

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