Donald Trump's nominee for Education Secretary, billionaire Betsy DeVos, advanced to a final vote in the U.S. Senate today.
The Senate voted 52 to 48 on a procedural measure paving the way to the final confirmation vote, which the education committee chairman, Senator Lamar Alexander, said will happen early in the week.
Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have said they will not vote for her, the first Republicans to break party ranks and vote against one of Trump’s cabinet nominees. If one more Republican sides with Democrats against her nomination, DeVos will become only the 10th cabinet nominee in U.S. history rejected by Congress.
Many feel DeVos' nomination is a reward for donating millions to conservative politicians (including 17 sitting senators) and organizations (like the virulently anti-LGBT Family Research Council and Focus on the Family) in the past.
She is woefully under qualified for the position with no training or degrees in education.
Her confirmation hearings were a catastrophe, and have become the stuff of legend now.
Folks around the country are organizing calls to senators who may be that 3rd Republican to vote 'no.'
The two most likely seem to be Senator Dean Heller of Nevada and Senator Rob Portman of Ohio.
Click on those links to make your voice heard. I've already reached out to Sen. Heller here in Nevada.