Senator Joe Manchin has already expressed his doubts about Trump's pick for head of education:
Manchin will not give a free pass to all GOP nominees. He has flagged two who are troubling to him: Betsy DeVos, the billionaire conservative philanthropist nominated for education secretary, and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the nominee for secretary of health and human services.
As I write this, the Senate Health, Education, Pensions and Labor Committee is getting ready to hold the committee vote on Trump nominee Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Earlier today the Washington Post published an article about her answers on a questionnaire from the committee:
DeVos questionnaire appears to include passages from uncited sources
If you read the article you might agree with me that the headline makes some interesting language choices. (I think I would have used the more direct "plagiarize" rather than "include passages from uncited sources.")
The Post provides a number of examples from the questionnaire. Here are two:
In answering a set of questions from Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on how she would address bullying of LGBT students, DeVos wrote: “Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow.”
That sentence is almost identical to language used by Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama, in a news release announcing the administration’s controversial guidance to schools on how to accommodate transgender students.
“Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment that allows them to thrive and grow,” Gupta said in the May 2016 release.
In one response, to a question about whether she would continue the practice of publishing a list of schools under Title IX civil rights investigations, DeVos said, “Opening a complaint for investigation in no way implies that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made a determination about the merits of the complaint.”
That language mirrors an Education Department website: “Opening a complaint for investigation in no way implies that OCR has made a determination with regard to the merits of the complaint.”
Let's see: a Trump nominee plagiarized on a questionnaire to head the education department. Why am I not surprised?
The Associated Press just reported that the committee voted 12-11 to send the nomination to the Senate:
After a heated debate Tuesday morning, senators on the Health, Education, Pensions and Labor Committee have voted 12-11 along partisan lines to support DeVos' nomination, sending it to the full Senate for action.
Senator Joe should get his chance to vote on Betsy DeVos.