US Senate confirms Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

Q.  Who has been appointed as the US Education secretary in a historic vote?
- Published on 08 Feb 17

a. Nancy Pelosi
b. Nikki Haley
c. Susan Collins
d. None of the above

ANSWER: None of the above
US Senate confirms Betsy DeVos as Education SecretaryUS Senate on 7th Feb 2017 confirmed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Education secretary by the narrowest of margins.

Vice-President Mike Pence was instrumental in breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote.

Two Republicans joined Democrats in the unsuccessful effort to derail the nomination.

The Senate historian said Mr. Pence’s vote was the first by a Vice-President to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination.

It is the first time in US history that a cabinet appointed has required a Vice-Presidential tie-breaker.

This is attesting to the fraught mood in Washington DC after a contentious election.

Two Republican Senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined 46 Democrats and two Democrat-caucusing Independents, in an effort to scupper DeVos confirmation.

DeVos is a long-time Republican and is a billionaire from one of Michigan's wealthiest families.

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