Betsy DeVos clears another hurdle in early morning Senate vote

first_img Author: CNN Published: February 3, 2017 9:05 AM EST Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Betsy DeVos clears another hurdle in early morning Senate vote center_img (CNN) The Senate voted early Friday to advance President Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos to a final confirmation vote, which is expected Monday.The vote was 52 to 48 along party lines.Senators convened at the unusual, early hour — 6:30 a.m. ET — because of Democratic stalling tactics that reflect their unhappiness with Trump’s cabinet picks and the overall confirmation process.DeVos has come under fire from Democrats and two key Republicans for her positions on public and charter schools, as well as statements made during her confirmation hearing last month.Despite losing support from Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, she is expected to be confirmed Monday with the help of Vice President Mike Pence, who will be in the chamber to break an expected 50-50 tie.Collins and Murkowski, who both have said they intend to vote against DeVos’ final conformation, voted to end the debate and advance her confirmation, as expected.In an impassioned show of opposition, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer implored other senators to “look into their conscience” over the weekend and reconsider their support for DeVos, saying she is “one of the worst nominees that has ever been” brought before the Senate.“Sometimes loyalty to a new president demands a bit too much,” he said. “With this nominee it does.”Following the vote, Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington State and the ranking member on the education committee that held a hearing on DeVos’ nomination, took to the Senate floor to deliver a 25-minute speech blasting the nominee, a Michigan billionaire, not only on her positions but over questions about her finances and conflicts of interest.Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the education committee, also appeared on the floor to defend DeVos, citing her work in the conservative education reform movement over the years. “I’m pleased to support her,” he said, adding that he looks forward to the final vote on her nomination early next week.In an interview with CNN after the vote, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas — the No. 2 Republican in the Senate — said the Democrats’ concerns weren’t “particularly fair” and argued that their ties to teachers unions are influencing them politically.“If people think our public education system is perfect, then I guess they don’t think we need to have any changes or any choices for students and their families,” he said. “I certainly think we do.” SHARElast_img read more

Take Steps to Prevent Wildfire Damage

first_imgJudy: “Clear out fine fuels from around your home. Mow your grass. Cut up limbs on your trees, dispose of slash and water your yard. That’s what you can do in the meantime. Make sure you don’t have leaves in your gutters, and think where an ember can start a fire at your home.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The weather has been damp lately, but the Division of Forestry says there’s still plenty of burnable fuel on the Kenai Peninsula. Homeowners are encouraged to take some early precautions. For more home defense information, click here.center_img Judy Reese said preventative measures, like the Funny River fuel break, can mean the difference between saving and losing a home…last_img read more

Akure All-Comers is Selection Trials for 1st AFN Classics, Says Ebewele

first_imgThe Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) will use this weekend’s all-comers competition to select the first set of athletes that will qualify for its first Classics competition which holds in Ado Ekiti at the end of the month.The Technical Director of the federation, Brown Ebewele, disclosed that a certain number of athletes will qualify either by position or time for the classics while the all-comers that will come a day before the Ado Ekiti event will be used to get the remaining set that will complete the line-up for each classics event.“We are re-introducing a model that worked perfectly for us in the past where athletes will qualify to run in the classics. We will have four athletes who will qualify from a classics event while the remaining four that will make up an eight-lane event will be selected at an all-comers event that precedes each meeting,” said Ebewele. “What this will do is that it will engender competition among athletes as you will need to qualify for the Classics before you can be entitled to accommodation and transport subsidy. This is in addition to the prize monies on offer for each event,” explained the AFN technical supremo.“It was during that time we got home-based athletes running very fast and world-class times. I remember Deji Aliu ran 10.02 seconds in Bauchi in one of the legs of the event in March,1995. Davidson Ezinwa completed a sensational sprint double in January,1990 in Bauchi where he ran 10.05 seconds over the 100m and 20.30 seconds in the 200m.There was so much competition then and this present board of the AFN wants to bring it all back.”Ebewele is confident this weekend’s all-comers competition will be of great help to the athletes who have been training so hard without having an opportunity to gauge how far they have gone with their training, what needs to be corrected and how ready they are for the new season, especially the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival which will be used to select athletes for the first phase of camping for both the African Championships in Algeria this June and the Olympic Games in Japan in July/August.The AFN technical director advised athletes not to participate in competition(s) not sanctioned by the AFN under the leadership of Honourable Olamide George.He also advised states not to allow their stadium to be used to organise events not sanctioned by the federation, especially events fraudulently organised in the name of AFN.“There is only one AFN recognised by the Federal Government and only known to Nigerian laws,” said Ebewele while quoting article one of the AFN constitution that made it abundantly clear that the federation is one of the 38 sports associations under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.Ebewele reminded state associations that they must be in good standing with the AFN before they can be allowed to participate in AFN events.The AFN All-Comers competition holds on Friday and Saturday at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.The athletes will arrive on Friday while the event proper takes place the next day.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more