Democrats and many teachers unions and other liberal groups have shown their opposition to Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education. Democrats will be having an all-night talkathon to protest Betsy DeVos’ nomination ahead of Tuesday’s voting.
“Democrats will hold the floor for the next 24 hours, until the final vote, to do everything we can to persuade just one more Republican to join us,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said from the Senate floor Monday.
After two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), expressed their opposition to DeVos, the final vote is expected to be 50-50. This means Mike Pence will have the final tie-breaker vote.
For that reason Democrats will be staying on the floor all night to try to convince just one more Republican to oppose DeVos.
A spokesman for Murray confirmed that “Democrats plan to keep the floor open and there will be speeches over the night in this final push.”
Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) said shortly after the Senate came into session at noon Monday that Democrats would speak out against DeVos from the Senate floor “for the next 24 hours.”
Hawaiian Sen. Brian Schatz stated that he is scheduled to speak at 2 a.m.
Democrats are looking to change the minds of Republican Sens. Pat Toomey (Pa.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Dean Heller (Nev.) and Deb Fischer (Neb.), each considered potential candidates to flip and oppose DeVos.