Betsy DeVos Confirmed, But Voices Still Heard

Congress confirmed Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education this morning, but the vote is only part of the story.

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This story is not for or against Betsy DeVos and will not discuss her politics – we have already discussed all of the Trump Cabinet nominees.

Rather, we’ll discuss the fact that what makes the DeVos appointment confirmation different is what has led up to it.

We’ve heard on and off for weeks about a barrage of names, from former Breitbart Executive Chair Steve Bannon to Jeff Sessions to Neil Gorsuch. And while they’ve all had their fair amount of press and opinions from both sides related to their respective nominations, none have had the press that the DeVos nomination and today’s subsequent confirmation has.

But aside from the press and the storm of social media posts calling for congress to not, in fact, confirm DeVos, we witnessed a number of Washington notables raise their voices against the nomination.

It’s worth noting that this incident was not the first time that Washington notables raised their voices during President Trump’s term (which is, of course, only a little over two weeks old). But instead of a walkout as was staged in the State Department, they went with a filibuster.

Monday, Senate Democrats pledged to stay up all night and hold the floor in protest of the DeVos confirmation. While, according to The Washington Post, they would not be able to prevent the confirmation that would come the next day, the protest shows the type of dedication to a cause and to beliefs that can be admired by millennials and all age groups

While many of us have not been pleased with President Trump’s decisions thus far – we’ve also witnessed a number of movements that showcase both citizens and politicians standing up for what they believe is right (case in point: the Women’s March). I hope that we can continue that trend into the future, and that millennials will continue to make their voices heard — as they did all throughout election season.

Today, Vice President Pence broke the tie with his Senate vote, making the final numbers 51-50 in favor of DeVos. We’re not here to tell you to be in favor or not in favor of that decision. But we are here to tell you that if you were not in favor, don’t get discouraged. Don’t give up the fight for what you believe is right. With enough voices, you can effect change.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

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