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Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos for education secretary Wednesday after a bruising battle in which Democrats successfully blocked her confirmation as a federal judge on the U. 17, DeVos was widely praised for her tenacity to push her hard-right conservative ideals on public education and for her success at Amway. DeVos was approved by a vote of 51-47, mostly along party lines. Democrats have argued that DeVos opposition to public education for low-income students, her support for private school vouchers and her opposition to student loan forgiveness programs make her unfit to be the nationThe U. Betsy DeVos, we have great respect for you. I think youve demonstrated that time and time again, and your record clearly shows that, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. My mission as secretary of education is to help children, she said. We need to teach kids and youth about the incredible opportunities available through the school-to-work program were implementing. DeVos was a member of the Michigan Republican Party for more than three decades and was a leader of the state party as president from 2006-2010. 300,000 to the Republican Party of Michigan during that time and was a national co-chair of the presidential campaign of 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. DeVos has said she will focus her time and energy on improving the education system in the U. Instead of trying to change the nations social mores. I am honored to serve as secretary of education in the Trump Administration, she said in a statement. I look forward to strengthening our nations commitment to universal and free public education for all our children. The Senate rejected President Barack Obamas nominee for the post, John B. Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, was elected president in November against Republican Donald Trump.

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