The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Confirmation Hearing for President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has been postponed until January 17th at 5pm. The hearing had been originally scheduled for this Wednesday, January 11th.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chairman and ranking member of the committee, issued a statement saying the hearing was postponed “at the request of the Senate Schedule.”
The delay comes as Senate Democrats had called for a postponement of the hearing until the Office of Government Ethics completed its review of DeVos’ finances.
The full Senate vote on Devos’ confirmation is scheduled for January 24th. Chairman Alexander said the delay on the confirmation hearing will not change the date for the vote on her confirmation.
Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the confirmation date. For more information on the Secretary Nominee’s background and previous experience, please visit here.
Tooshar Swain, Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy, Policy, and Constituency Engagement, January 10, 2017. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)