To the surprise of some, Betsy DeVos has become probably President Donald Trump’s most controversial appointment. Some of his nominees, like General “Mad Dog” Mattis were almost unanimously confirmed, however others have faced more difficult challenges.

Today, Betsy DeVos was officially confirmed to be the next Education Secretary, despite bipartisan resistence. As expected, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) both voted against the confirmation of DeVos. With the GOP only having a slim majority in the Senate, these two votes were enough to make it a 50-50 split for DeVos.

However, for the first time ever, a Vice President was the deciding vote in a confirmation vote. As all Democrats and the two Republicans voted against DeVos, Vice President Mike Pence had the opportunity to cast the rare tie breaking vote, which the Constitution allocates to the Vice President.

DeVos has been a long time advocate for school choice, charter school, and voucher programs. Her family has donated over $200 million to Republican politicians and groups. Some saw this as problematic, as she has no experience not only maintaining a school, but also no experience in public school herself.

Despite the controversy though, some are exciting about the confirmation. Turning Point USA Founder and Executive Director Charlie Kirk took to Twitter to voice his support for the decision:

 

 

 

Charlie Kirk and Turning Point USA have long advocated for school choice and similar programs.

What do you think? Should Betsy DeVos have been confirmed by the Senate? Did she have the proper résumé for a Secretary of Education? Let HYPELINE News know what you think in the comments!

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Jake Leahy is a Staff Writer for Hypeline News, frequent contributor on 560 the Answer in Chicago, and a student at Deerfield High School (IL). Follow him on Twitter @jakealeahy.

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