Blumenauer Statement on the Nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

January 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, following the confirmation hearing of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement:

“The nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education has been a train wreck from the start. Even the notion of DeVos – a billionaire who has made a career out of undermining public education – heading the Department of Education is deeply offensive to Oregonians and the federal government’s longstanding commitment to public education. I can only assume that her nomination is a precursor to attempts to completely dismantle the federal role in education.

“DeVos’s hearing itself was an affront to the bipartisan nature of the confirmation process, delayed to keep media coverage to a minimum and shortened to limit the questioning of democratic Senators. This hearing revealed disturbing gaps in DeVos’s experience and her fundamental lack of knowledge of education policy, from the worsening student debt crisis to federal law protecting students with disabilities. Her stance on guns in schools is shocking and dangerous. Her refusal to commit to not working to privatize public education is anathema to the mission of the Department she would head. DeVos’s policy views aside, her numerous ethical conflicts of interest alone should disqualify her for the office.

“I urge my colleagues to reject Betsy DeVos. I hope Donald Trump takes this rare opportunity to save face by withdrawing her nomination.”