Senate Defeats Democrat Filibuster of Pro-Life Trump Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 3, 2017   |   10:07AM   |   Washington, DC

The U.S. Senate has voted to stop the Democrat filibuster of the nomination of pro-life Michigan school choice advocate Betsy DeVos for education secretary. A final vote is slated for Monday.

The Senate voted 52-48 today to stop the filibuster of DeVos. Two Republicans, pro-abortion Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have already announced they would not vote to confirm her. But both did vote with the GOP against the filibuster, which was broken on a 52-48 party-line vote.

If both vote against DeVos, pro-life Vice President Mike Pence will have to break a 50-50 tie.

The DeVos name should ring a bell for pro-life as her husband Dick DeVos is a pro-life former candidate for governor and their family foundation has donated heavily to pro-life groups. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation are strong supporters of pro-life organizations like Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values and Right to Life of Michigan. In total they have give millions to pregnancy centers, pro-life candidates and organlizations like march for Life and Americans United for Life.

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DeVos was the chair of the Michigan Republican Party and finance chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

DeVos  played a role in promoting charter schools in the state. She also served as the chairwoman to several education interest groups that promote school choice. She is the founder of Great Lakes Education Project, a group that promotes school choice in Michigan’s Capitol and promotes great access to charter schools for children.