Senate Confirms Pro-Life Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary as VP Mike Pence Casts Tiebreaking Vote

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 7, 2017   |   1:30PM   |   Washington, DC

Vice President Mike Pence today cast the tie-breaking vote in the US Senate to confirm pro-life advocate Betsy DeVos as the education secretary.

Republicans in the Senate previously defeated a Democrat filibuster of DeVos’ nomination and today pro-life Vice President Mike Pence was needed to break a 50-50 tie because pro-abortion Republicans sided with Democrats against her nomination. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska ad Susan Collins of Maine both voted with pro-abortion Democrats against DeVos’ nomination.

Pro-life advocates support DeVos’ nomination in part because of the Obama administration’s extensive actions to defund abstinence education programs helping young people and to allow Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda to flourish and public schools.

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.