Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on Betsy DeVos Vote

February 7, 2017

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after a tie in the U.S. Senate forced Vice President Mike Pence to cast the deciding vote on Betsy DeVos’ controversial nomination to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education, the first time a Vice President has had to cast a tie-breaking vote for a cabinet nominee:

“I am beyond disappointed to see Betsy DeVos become our next Education Secretary. Her failed experiment in Michigan pushing unregulated and unaccountable charter schools has led to terrible results for our children, who will bear the greatest burden of today’s vote. I hope she takes the time to learn the importance of public schools in a civil society so that every child gets the quality education they deserve.

“It’s also no coincidence that Betsy and the DeVos family have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to many of the Republican Senators who just voted to give her this job. Betsy DeVos is a billionaire who used her family’s fortune to push her special interest agenda and buy herself a Cabinet seat.”