Betsy DeVos Just Became The Target Of a Congressional Investigation
House Democrats are preparing a fusillade of investigations into the web of corruption that is plaguing the Trump administration. They want to haul up conflicted Cabinet officials and dig into controversial changes and one the Trump officials who will be in his crosshairs early on will be Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Politico reports.
According to the report, as many as five House committees could subpoena DeVos over her rollback of for-profit college regulations, stalled student loan forgiveness processing and a rewrite of campus sexual assault policies.
Veterans Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) is expected to scrutinize for-profit college issues, where DeVos has scaled back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing abuses for institutions that enroll tens of thousands of veterans each year.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), chairwoman of the appropriations subcommittee overseeing education funding, is also a top critic of the Education Department over DeVos’ record on student debt issues.
Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has accused DeVos of a “full-on attack on civil rights protections for students — particularly students of color, students with disabilities, transgender students, and survivors of sexual assault.” She’s also criticized the Trump administration’s moves to ease regulations on for-profit colleges, while Cummings has similarly looked at the collapse of a for-profit college chain.
And this past year, Cummings and Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) expressed concern over DeVos’ treatment of the union that represents her agency’s employees, and pledged to scrutinize civil rights concerns tied to K-12 state plans.