Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly will not vote to confirm Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for head of the Department of Education, according to a recent statement.
Donnelly released a statement saying DeVos “lacks the commitment to public education needed to effectively lead the department.”
Donnelly’s concerns echo those voiced by the rest of the Democratic opposition, such as Elizabeth Warren who cited her lack of experience handling loan programs of this magnitude and having never been a part of any public school system or taking federal grant money herself. Warren even went as far as to say she doesn’t see how DeVos can possibly be Secretary of Education when she refused to commit to protecting students from fraud during her hearing.
DeVos is an advocate of school choice and helped to develop Indiana’s school voucher program, the largest in the United States. Her family is worth over $5 billion and has contributed hundreds of millions to the Republican party, a fact that the opposition has pointed to as the primary reason for her appointment.
DeVos is the second cabinet pick Donnelly has opposed, with the other being Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price’s plans for Medicare was a large part of that decision.
Donnelly is a moderate Democrat and has voted to confirm John Kelly for Department of Homeland Security, Mike Pompeo for CIA chief, and Nikki Haley for UN ambassador.