Unprecedented vote makes DeVos secretary of education

In a tumultuous end to the process of selection, Vice President Mike Pence cast a deciding vote to split the 50-50 tie in the U.S. Senate and make billionaire Betsy DeVos our next U.S. Secretary of Education. Despite Democrats holding the Senate floor a full 24 hours and two Republican defectors joining them, the effort to upend DeVos’ nomination fell one vote short.

Because it represents the most divisive Trump appointment to date, it sends DeVos into the role weakened by the rancor of her confirmation and with both parties leery of her privatization agenda- one that has caused major controversy in her home state of Michigan. Read the story Politico story here.