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.Mom Cat, PADemD, liberal at heart and 5 othersbbgrunt, , A little weird, Lynetta, Pam like this
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