Fifteen members of Congress have called for the swift confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary.
Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., released a letter Wednesday signed by other members of Congress in support of President Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos.
“As an educator myself for over 20 years, I have full confidence that the character traits of Betsy DeVos are just the recipe that our children need,” Brat told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “The status quo is currently not doing the job for too many kids, particularly those in the inner cities and we finally have a chance to get things right and to make every single child in America both productive in our economy but more importantly to give them a sense of purpose in life.”
The letter to leaders at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which calls for DeVos’ confirmation “at the earliest possible date so she can go to work on behalf of our students and parents” and was signed by 15 members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, was directed to Senate HELP Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
The letter was also directed to the attention of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
“Be it homeschool, private school, charter school, public school, or virtual school, parents should have the power to do what is best for their kids … Removing power from bureaucrats and placing it in the hands of parents should be a goal on both sides of the aisle. This will ensure students are not trapped in failing schools by virtue of their ZIP code,” the letter states.
DeVos was nominated in November by then-President-elect Donald Trump.
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” that DeVos is “ … an ideologue who knows next to nothing about education policy, as she demonstrated in her confirmation hearing.”
Brat says that due to the patriotism and dedication DeVos has shown in availing herself to the scrutiny the position demands, he is confident that she will be a needed advocate for children’s education issues across the country.
“It is very clear that to make a commitment to the country for four years, and to undertake the scrutiny that comes with being a secretary is also a true sign of her commitment to make things better for the kids of this country,” Brat said.