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The dissension required Vice President Mike Pence to break a 50-50 tie, bringing the final tally to 51-50. Pence was compelled to cast the vote after two Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - joined all 48 Senate Democrats in opposing DeVos. Democrats are concerned she would promote charter schools in a way that would undercut public schools, which have always been the anchor of the USA education system.

Many Democrats spoke throughout the sit-in Monday night, attempting to convince Republican senators to oppose DeVos. DeVos, he has said, is hostile to the department's fundamental mission of helping public schools.

"I$3 t is clear from her testimony that Betsy DeVos has not done her homework", Harris said.

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Democrats railed against DeVos' confirmation over concerns about her conflicts of interest related to her financial holdings, her initial lack of transparency, her lack of experience, and her apparent hostility toward public education. "She is someone who has dedicated her career and her inherited fortune to privatizing public schools, to tearing down public education, to defunding it in order to push more taxpayer dollars into private schools and for-profit charters".

All 48 Democrats plus two Republicans - Sens. "We look forward to showing her North Carolina's success, and examine ways how we can expand school choice with a now willing federal government", state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said in a statement.

"Millions of families share Secretary DeVos's vision for disrupting a failed status quo that has denied too many children access to a quality education", Bush said today. During an interview with TIME shortly after news of her confirmation broke, Noah weighed in on what it might mean for the future of education in America. Before the confirmation, protests erupted in cities across the country against DeVos.