Rep. Maloney Statement on Betsy DeVos Confirmation

Feb 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), released the following statement after Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Education by a 51-50 vote in the Senate.

“As a former educator, I am deeply disappointed that more GOP Senators didn’t listen to the American people and oppose the confirmation of Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos. Her record of support for policies that undermine our public school system and her weak commitment to critical federal laws that protect students with disabilities were, for me, disqualifying. I was also deeply troubled by her unwillingness to state clearly that guns don’t belong in schools nor recognize that campus sexual assault is truly a crisis on college campuses. The Department of Education’s mission to ensure equal access to education includes a safe campus environment for all students. The Senate’s vote today completely undermines that mission.”