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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 - 6:43
Education nominee Betsy DeVos wins Senate confirmation vote
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The US Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's controversial nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, by the slenderest possible margin.

US Vice-President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to secure her cabinet role, splitting the chamber 50-50.

It was the first time ever that a vice-president has interceded in such a way for a cabinet secretary.

Senate Democrats staged a 24-hour debate into Tuesday to hold up her confirmation.

DeVos, a billionaire who has no experience with public schools, said that she is honoured to serve as Secretary, and she wants to improve options & outcomes for all US students.

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