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PopWrapped | Current Events

Why Democrats In The Senate Are Still Important

Mary Kiser | PopWrapped Author

Mary Kiser

Updated 02/17/2017 2:33pm
Why Democrats In The Senate Are Still Important | Senate
Media Courtesy of the Huffington Post

Mike Pence made history when he cast his vote for Betsy DeVos. She's now the Education Secretary -- yet she's literally the worst candidate for the challenge. "The Republican activist has spent years crusading against public education and pushing for privatization [through] voucher schemes," according to an MSNBC article.

Her lack of knowledge is astounding, too. When the confirmation hearing was held, Mrs. DeVos sounded (and looked) like a fool. Either she wasn't prepared, or she wasn't prepped well enough. "Many communities worry about the future of local schools when a radical education secretary is hostile to their existence," according to Steve Benen. She strongly discouraged public education. Even though her plan involved wasted time and taxes, she wasn't deterred. "It is hard to find anyone more passionate about the idea of steering public dollars away from traditional public schools than Betsy DeVos," the New York Times relays.

For the first time in history, the GOP-controlled Senate was tied. Fifty senators voted in favor of DeVos, and the other fifty senators voted against DeVos. The vice president broke the tie, and he confirmed DeVos as Education Secretary.

However, there was yet another contention within the Senate. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren put Republican money to mouth. After she opposed Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced her.

She was going to be heard no matter what, though. She went on Facebook Live to voice her concerns. "Warren did the next best thing: read the letter -- written by King to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986 -- out loud on Facebook Live. It was King's words, 'Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens,' that prompted McConnell to take action," according to J.D. Durkin's article.

On February 8, 2016, Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski talked about Warren's ballsy move. While Brzezinski commended Warren's actions, Scarborough was flabbergasted. Scarborough states, "It's about the Democratic Party. What's the strategy? Why have warfare with Betsy DeVos, when you lose? Why have warfare against Sessions, when you know you're going to lose!?" People should know as much information as possible. Warren went live for different reasons, but one of them was to inform Americans.

Brzezinski asserts, "I think it's important to put out (in hearings that are for the public record) exactly what the concerns are ... It would've been horrible if we said, 'Oh, we just lost! We'll go home ... Bye!" Watch the full video at The Platform, and let us know in the comments what you thought of the segment!

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