Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she is ''committed to working with everyone and anyone... with those who supported my nomination and those who did not'' after a tie-breaking vote to confirm her Cabinet position. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Newly sworn-in Education Secretary Betsy DeVos addressed her new staff at the Education Department in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday (February 8). "I'm committed to working with everyone and anyone, from every corner of the country, from every walk of life, from every background and with those who supported my nomination and those who did not, to protect strengthen and create new world class education opportunities for America's students," said DeVos. President Donald Trump's choice of billionaire DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, but only after Vice President Mike Pence was called in to break a tie that threatened to defeat her. The tie-breaking vote, which Senate officials said was unprecedented to confirm a Cabinet nominee, followed an all-night debate on DeVos as Senate Democrats tried to pressure at least one more Republican to oppose her and defeat the nomination. Only two Republicans joined the 46 Democrats and two independents in opposition to DeVos. Critics have called her unprepared to lead the Department of Education after a rocky Senate confirmation hearing. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer immediately derided the proceeding. "This cabinet nom is so unqualified, so divisive, that @MikePenceVP had to drive down Pennsylvania Ave to cast the deciding vote," he wrote in a Twitter post after the vote. Under the U.S. Constitution, the vice president also serves as president of the Senate, with the power to cast votes only when there are ties on nominations or legislation.