- Butterfield calls DeVos “the least qualified of all the Cabinet so far;”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) last night released a statement after the Senate voted 51-50, to confirm Betsy DeVos of Michigan as the United States Secretary of Education:
“Among a historically unqualified cabinet, Betsy DeVos was the least qualified nominee. Not only does DeVos have no experience working in the public school system, neither she nor her children had ever even attended a public school. Yet, today, Senate Republicans confirmed Ms. DeVos to head the U.S. Department of Education where she will be tasked with overseeing the country’s public education system.
“Now that she has been confirmed, Betsy DeVos has a duty to the 90 percent of children who attend our nation’s traditional public schools to support our public school system and focus on the needs of all students.”
First the first time in history, the Vice President of the United States sat as President of the Senate, to break a tie over a presidential cabinet nominee. Devos has been criticized by Senate Democrats because they state she ‘has no public education’ experience.
DeVos was sworn in the Vice President after Pence voted and broke a 50/50 tie in the Senate.