By DREW DAWS
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It was a hectic week for the Trump administration, as the United States Senate took on some of Trump’s most controversial cabinet nominations. Both Jeff Sessions and Betsy Devos were confirmed earlier this week by the Senate, after heated debate at the Capitol.
Sessions and Devos, vying for attorney general and secretary of education respectively, took a lot of criticism during early Senate hearings to determine whether they were fit for their positions.
An interesting side note: Jeff Sessions asked for his confirmation hearing to be after Betsy Devos’ so he would be able to cast a vote in her favor. During the Senate-wide vote for Devos, two Republican senators voted ‘no’ against her nomination. This led to Vice President Mike Pence casting a historic tie-breaking vote, which confirmed Devos 51-50. Had Sessions not been present to cast his vote, could Devos’s nomination have been prevented?
By delaying Jeff Sessions’ nomination, Democrats essentially allowed Senator Sessions to stick around and vote for Betsy Devos. Had they gotten his nomination hearing out of the way, that would have been one less Republican vote.
Sessions was attacked for his policies and a career seen as anti-civil rights. Devos, who has no experience in government or education, received severe backlash when she was confirmed as secretary of education, after arguing for guns in schools in case of a grizzly bear attack (better to be safe than sorry?)
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Betsy Devos is the enemy of the public school system. Why? Her education philosophy focuses on choice! She believes families should be allowed to use taxpayer funds to pay for private schools. Public school administrators and educators are terrified because they do not believe the public school system should be dominated under the private sector, and they do not want Devos to hurt their wallets!
Teachers already don’t make enough money. Allowing families to send their children to whatever school they want and making private schools tax deductible could have a negative impact on the livelihoods of thousands of teachers in America. Also, where should the ethical line be drawn? Can I use taxpayer money to send my child to a private, Christian school? Soon after Devos’s confirmation hearing, Jeff Sessions took the stand… and it was not much prettier.
Elizabeth Warren attempted to take on Jeff Sessions’s nomination one more time by reading a letter from Coretta Scott King. The letter was written in the 1980s by King, opposing Jeff Sessions’s nomination to a federal judgeship… It didn’t take too long, however, before Warren was shut down by Republican senators.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Warren of using the letter to defame the character of Senator Sessions. How a letter from the wife of one of the most influential civil rights leaders in history can be considered defamation, I’ll never know. But Republicans went with it. Warren was forced to take her seat and could not continue with her speech.
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Another effect the administrative delay has caused is Trump’s slew of executive orders. What if Jeff Sessions had been confirmed previously to Trump issuing his ban on the seven largely-Muslim countries? Sessions could have provided critical legal aid that Trump would listen to -- and trust. It is unwise for any politician or businessman to issue legal action, especially while there is no acting attorney.
I agree Betsy Devos’s position was essentially bought via her family’s political contributions, but Sessions can provide serious insight for Donald Trump on issues that the president himself may personally respond more radically to. If you think Jeff Sessions is a problem, imagine a Trump presidency where there is no legal aid present. Trump’s policies would be as sloppy and brief as his rhetoric!
To Democrats: Thank you for making progress on Trump’s cabinet nominations! Appease the man so he’ll stop with the executive orders and hopefully listen to those around him on critical issues facing our country right now. There have been rumors he will be issuing a new executive order banning certain countries from entering the United States… let’s hope Sessions has some productive insight.