Betsy DeVos’s Nomination for Education Secretary Clears Committee

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Betsy DeVos testified during her confirmation hearing to be President Trump’s secretary of education this month.

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WASHINGTON — After contentious confirmation hearings, protests across the country and two rounds of voting, Betsy DeVos cleared the first hurdle in her path to becoming secretary of education on Tuesday with a party-line vote in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that advanced her nomination to the Senate floor.

All 12 Republican senators on the committee voted for Ms. DeVos, a billionaire with a complex web of investments, including some in companies with connections to federal education policy. All 11…

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