Tuesday, January 31, 2017
McCaskill: I'm voting against Betsy DeVos
I was horrified while watching the confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, and deeply troubled by Senate education committee’s action to advance her nomination this morning.
During her hearing, she refused to commit to protecting our students from campus sexual assault. She was wholly uninformed about laws that protect students with disabilities. And she was totally unprepared to address the prevalence of gun violence in our schools.
Most disturbing of all is what Betsy DeVos would mean for small towns and rural communities in my state – communities that rely on public education. Betsy DeVos never attended a public school. She’s never worked at a public school. She likes to talk about siphoning resources away from public schools so families have a “choice” – but in rural Missouri, good public schools are often the only choice families have. Our small towns don’t have the kinds of options available in urban centers.
If Betsy DeVos can’t commit to protecting all our students and giving them a safe and secure place to learn and grow, she doesn’t belong in that job. Period.
I’m voting against Betsy DeVos, and I need your help right now to make sure my colleagues do the same:
Add your name to tell the Senate: Don’t confirm Betsy DeVos!
Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington – this is not how you do it. I need you to join me in urging my colleagues in the Senate to vote “No” on Betsy DeVos.