President Trump is expecting Congress to confirm Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Betsy DeVos for education secretary. All members of the Democratic caucus and two Republicans oppose DeVos but Vice President Mike Pence will give Republicans the tie breaking vote needed for her confirmation.
Senator Jeff Sessions is expected to be confirmed later this week. Republicans want to confirm Sessions later in the week, so they can use his vote to confirm DeVos. Democrats are continuing to attempt to delay votes with numerous tactics as well as liberal activists are flooding their senators with phone calls. Teachers and students have called on Democrats and Republicans to vote against her, citing her lack of commitment to protect the rights of all students.
Republicans managed to confirm Sessions and DeVos during committee votes, despite Democrats walking out. Pence will be making history by becoming the first sitting vice president to cast the decisive vote for a cabinet nominee. Former Vice President Joe Biden never used that power during his time in office.
As a result of these stall tactics by Democrats, Senate Finance Committee Republicans suspended a rule that requiring at least one member from each party to be present for a vote so they could move Trump’s nominees for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, and Health and Human Services Secretary, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to the full Senate floor. Continue reading at Western Free Press