January 19 – Treasury Nominee Mnuchin (C-Span) Energy Nominee Perry (NPR live)
TODAY: CONTINUE QUESTIONING DeVos: The public already had doubts about Betsy DeVos’ fitness to run the U.S. Department of Education, and her disastrous hearing confirmed them. Under questioning, she opposed keeping our schools as gun-free zones. Perhaps most shocking–for someone seeking to be Secretary of Education–she seemed to have no understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a federal law that guarantees all children the right to a “free appropriate public education.”
This ignorance is extremely troubling—and could imperil the educations, and lives, of millions of vulnerable young people. Today you’ll be connected to a randomly selected Republican member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Tell them that their colleagues should be allowed to ask DeVos more extensive questions on the record–and get answers–before her nomination is brought to the floor for a vote.
The stakes—in this case, the civil rights of children with disabilities—are too high.
It’s Time to Fight This is a new to me web site that lays out what to do today in response to DeVos. Includes the reputable SNOPES check on her conflicts. This web site recommends actions for today and gives phone and email scripts. USEFUL!
Here are the members of the HELP Committee you’ll be calling. Action Today also added two purple-state Dems, Bob Casey and Tammy Baldwin.
Chair Lamar Alexander (R, TN)
Orrin Hatch (R, UT)
Pat Roberts (R, KS)
Lisa Murkowski (R, AK)
Tim Scott (R, SC)
Mike Enzi (R, WY)
Richard Burr (R, NC)
Johnny Isakson (R, GA)
Rand Paul (R, KY)
Susan Collins (R, ME)
Bob Casey (D, PA)
Tammy Baldwin (D, WI)
There are serious questions about her understanding about the law in relation to protections for students. Read this Washington Post article