Tag Archives: Betsy DeVos

Public Policy Briefing – July 30, 2020

Talks among party leaders in Washington about a future COVID-19 relief package are at an impasse, with Democrats still adamant about enacting legislation that injects trillions of additional dollars into the American economy, and Republicans seemingly trying to run out the clock in hopes Democrats will consent to passing a “skinny” deal that temporarily addresses … Continue Reading

State Attorneys General May 1 Update

Squire Patton Boggs’ State Attorneys General Practice Group is comprised of lawyers who have served at senior levels in state AG offices around the country and whose practices focus, to one degree or another, on representing clients before these increasingly assertive and powerful, yet often overlooked, government agencies, as explained in detail here. In these … Continue Reading

Senate Set to Vote on DeVos, Short Week for House

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00pm today, February 6. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education. The confirmation vote on the DeVos nomination is expected on Tuesday, February 7. Procedural votes are possible tonight around 6:00pm. As a reminder, … Continue Reading

DeVos Gets a Step Closer to Confirmation; Trump Looks to Restructure Department of Education

Legislative Activity Betsy DeVos Confirmation Moves Forward as Opposition and Controversy Build On Tuesday, January 31 the Senate HELP Committee voted 12-11 along party lines to move forward with Betsy DeVos’ confirmation to serve as Secretary of Education. Shortly after the Committee vote, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) made announcements they will vote … Continue Reading

Betsy DeVos Moves toward Confirmation despite Opposition; Department of Education Announces New Staff and Open Title IX Investigations

Legislative Activity Opposition to Betsy DeVos Builds  Joining other professional education associations, the National Association of Secondary School Principals announced in a letter to the Senate HELP Committee that it opposes the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Senate offices have reported tens of thousands of calls and letters encouraging a no vote … Continue Reading

Betsy DeVos Testifies at Confirmation Hearing; Chairwoman Foxx Announces New Committee Members

Legislative Activity Betsy DeVos Testifies at Confirmation Hearing On Tuesday, January 17 Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s designee for Secretary of Education, testified in a confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). Mrs. DeVos has faced harsh criticism from Democrats in Congress and education groups off Capitol Hill, and … Continue Reading

Education in the 115th Congress; Confirmation Hearing Scheduled for Betsy DeVos

Legislative Activity Education in the 115th Congress Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairs of the education committees, have both expressed interest in an overhaul of the Higher Education Act (HEA), last comprehensively reauthorized in 2008. Senator Alexander’s goal with the HEA overhaul is to make it easier for more students to … Continue Reading