On November 23, 2016, Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, a controversial choice for some.
Of course, it was a fight to confirm DeVos into office due to her outspoken support of School Choice. On January 31, she was confirmed by the Senate committee of Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 12-11, bitterly along partisan lines. In the Senate, her nomination was shaky. However, Vice-President Mike Pence cast the tiebreaking vote, as the vote was 50-50. This is probably the longest time it ever took for the Senate to confirm an American President’s nominees for his cabinet. The irony is that the Democrats prolonging this process and not confirming Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General quickly sabotaged their attempt at denying DeVos her cabinet position! The vote was 50-50, and Senator Sessions voted in DeVos’s favor. If Sessions had been confirmed to office earlier (and therefore leaving his position in the Senate), DeVos probably would not have been confirmed to office, as the vote would have been 50-49 against her.
DeVos was confirmed, as were many of Trump’s cabinet picks, but it has caused a division. Even though I fully support DeVos being the Secretary of Education, I feel sad that no one can agree on anything, and that we must fight so hard for what we believe in.