Betsy DeVos squeaked through a history-making Senate confirmation vote to become U.S. education secretary, as Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie and Republicans staved off last-minute defections that would have killed her nomination.

The 51-50 nail-biter Tuesday was the first test of Democrats’ ability to thwart President Donald Trump’s agenda. Two Senate Republicans joined them in opposing DeVos, a longtime GOP donor, but Democrats needed one more. Pence is the first U.S. vice president ever to cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm a Cabinet member.

Betsy DeVos

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As Democrats ground the Senate to a near-halt by stalling all of Trump’s Cabinet picks still awaiting confirmation, DeVos generated the most heat in the 52-48 chamber. The Senate next is debating Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be attorney general, with a vote no later than Wednesday evening.

Leading up to the vote, Democrats held the floor for 24 straight hours in the hope of pressuring another Republican to vote against her.

"This nomination is dead-even right now," Patty Murray of Washington, the ranking Democrat on the Education Committee and de facto leader of the anti-DeVos movement, said Monday on the Senate floor. 

Of public education, Murray said DeVos "doesn’t value it. 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."

Continue reading to see which two Republican Senators, who NEVER voted against an Obama pick, voted against DeVos...

Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation have donated more than $3.4M to Rehoboth School on the Navajo Nation

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Mike Pompeo Sworn In as CIA Director After Senate Confirmation

The United States Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo to run the Central Intelligence Agency Monday night, giving President Donald Trump confirmation of his third appointee To lead an agency. 

Pompeo, a Republican congressman representing Kansas, was confirmed by a vote of 66-32 after Senate Democrats forced a three-day delay, arguing that the critical post deserved a thorough debate. 

Pompeo was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence just after 9 p.m. ET. Pence told Pompeo, who was joined by his wife and son, that the members of the CIA give meaning to courage for putting their lives on the line and have the admiration of the president. 

"He's one of the most qualified people out there to serve in this role," said Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma. 

But many Democratic senators disagreed. Three even held up Pompeo's confirmation vote Friday, angering Republicans, who said it was unprecedented and dangerous for the CIA to operate without a permanent director. The previous CIA director, John Brennan, resigned when Trump was sworn in last Friday.

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The two that GOP Senate members who voted against her aren't Constitution Supporters which by definition means they're not Conservatives as well and they need to be replaced as soon as possible.  I know the GOP is always pushing unity well here's an example of who these people truly serve and it's not US. God Bless You All; Clair VAN Steenwyk 

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