Republican Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) both announced Wednesday on the Senate floor that they will be voting against the nomination of GOP mega-donor and billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.
This announcement means one of two things: either the vote will end up as a tie, in which case Vice President Pence will be called to cast the deciding vote OR a vote can be flipped in the meantime to decide the outcome. But time is running out. The final confirmation vote will happen in the Senate at 6:30a EST Friday morning. If you’re a late night or early morning person, use this time to make a call!
CALL TO ACTION
- Call U.S. Senator Mike Lee and urge him to oppose DeVos’ nomination by voting not to confirm her on the Senate floor. No need to call Sen. Hatch – he vocally committed to supporting DeVos. But Sen. Lee has not expressed a commitment one way or another. Let’s flood his offices with our calls! Focus on the D.C. office before the vote, as the other offices are unlikely to check their voicemail before the vote takes place in Washington. However, if the vote gets delayed at all in the morning, call everywhere!
Sen. Mike Lee’s offices:
DeVos has faced fierce opposition from teachers unions and other liberal groups due to her support for charter schools and tuition vouchers using public funds, her lack of experience with public and rural education, her philanthropy to a conservative Christian organization that preaches gay “conversion therapy” and her poor performance and lack of demonstrated knowledge in her first Senate committee hearing.