Congressman Tim Ryan Responds to the Confirmation of Betsy DeVos

Feb 7, 2017 Issues: Education

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate today confirmed Betsy DeVos to be the next Secretary of Education on a 51-50 vote. This was the first time in history that a Vice President was needed to cast a tiebreaking vote for the confirmation of a Cabinet Secretary. Every Democrat, two Independents, and two Republicans voted against her confirmation.

“Betsy DeVos is entirely the wrong choice to lead the U.S. Department of Education. While I am deeply disappointed in the Senate’s decision, now that she has been confirmed, I urge Ms. DeVos to do the research she should have done before her confirmation hearing,” said Congressman Ryan. “The United States can't afford for our new Secretary of Education not to understand the critical role her department plays in the lives of each and every one of our children. They deserve nothing but the best.”

Betsy DeVos, who before her nomination ran an organization that knowingly broke Ohio election law, currently owes the state $5.3 million in fines. Congressman Ryan has repeatedly called on Ms. DeVos to pay the money owed to Ohio, and will continue to insist such despite her confirmation. No one is above the law, and those funds are needed in Ohio to put towards hard working families, and the very schools Ms. DeVos is now tasked with leading.