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    Thousands flood Senate phone lines seeking to halt confirmation of DeVos

    By Kimberly Hefling

    01/26/17 11:23 AM EST

    Senators’ offices have been flooded with thousands of calls and letters opposing the nomination of Betsy DeVos — with some Democratic offices saying the opposition to DeVos is stronger than for any other Cabinet nominee.

    The office of Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat from the large battleground state of Pennsylvania, has received more than 50,000 letters and emails opposing DeVos’ confirmation as education secretary — a “very high” level compared to other Cabinet nominees, Casey’s office said. Casey has said he will vote “no” to confirming DeVos during Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

    snip*Likewise, the offices of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) say DeVos has prompted some of the heaviest feedback — with Sanders’ office saying the education secretary pick prompted the most calls, and Harris’ office saying the amount of feedback on DeVos was among the most for any nominee. Sanders — who questioned DeVos during her Senate confirmation hearing about whether she’d have been nominated if she wasn’t a billionaire — has received 5,700 calls and 838 letters to his Washington office about DeVos, and all of the correspondence is against her. Harris’ spokesman said she’s gotten 2,000 calls, with most of the callers opposing her nomination. 


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  • NV Wino (5195 posts)
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    1. So, do you think the republicans will listen?

    The Dems can’t do much.

    Resist-sm_zpswfchkz8t “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee  
    • Jefferson23 (6989 posts)
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      2. There is some opposition to her from Republican citizens; will it grow in time

      to halt her confirmation? I doubt it. But the families protesting against those ideas is growing:

      On edit:

      How Trump’s Education Scheme Will Screw Rural People Who Elected Him
      Left-leaning people everywhere got a big yuk when Betsy DeVos, during her confirmation hearing for US Secretary of Education, cited “potential grizzlies” as a reason to allow guns at schools. As evidence for her assertion, she referenced an earlier exchange she’d had with Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi who had told her about a rural school in his state that needed a fence to protect the school from bears.

      Turns out the school doesn’t have a gun and doesn’t seem to have any plans to acquire one, which makes DeVos’ remarks all the more ridiculous.

      But there was another exchange DeVos had with a Republican senator from a rural state, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, that deserves far more attention because of what it reveals about how the Trump administration’s education policies will screw rural families who helped vote him into office.



      • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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        3. no worries — all those rural kids can school on-line — everything's going

        on line anyway, that way they will have a record from birth to death and be able to spot undesirables early

        and that way ‘community’ gets reduced even more — no schools, no shops, no factories — all grounds for dangerous organizing — just the tv, the internet, and your own head.