Perspective from CREDO

Betsy DeVos was confirmed as secretary of education today by a 51—50 vote.

We may have lost today’s battle, but our resistance has the momentum.

CREDO members played a massive and leading role in forcing DeVos’ confirmation vote to a nail-biting tie. More than 1.5 million people joined you in signing petitions. We made over 100,000 calls to the Senate. We did local petition delivery events in Portland, Maine and Anchorage, Alaska that increased pressure on Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski to vote no on DeVos. In Portland, Oregon, we rallied with Sen. Jeff Merkley and hundreds of people committed to keeping our public schools out of DeVos’ hands.

Today, 50 Republican Senators chose Trump’s fascist agenda and partisan politics over the education of America’s children

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CREDO members did not just force DeVos’ confirmation vote to a tie that Mike Pence had to break. Our massive campaign on multiple fronts helped to throw a wrench in Senate Republicans' plan to push through Trump’s swamp cabinet as quickly as possible without thorough vetting, deliberation and review.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to move the confirmation vote for attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions so Sessions could cast a vote for DeVos. McConnell and his Republican leadership team have repeatedly had to postpone votes on “Foreclosure King” Steve Mnuchin for secretary of treasury and “Medicare Killer” Tom Price for secretary of health and human services in the face of our fierce resistance. They have also indefinitely delayed hearings for anti-worker Andy Puzder, Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor.

In just the first few weeks of Trump’s dangerous administration, CREDO activists have forcefully stood up to his hateful agenda and bigoted cabinet. Our activism did not just overwhelm Senate offices across the country; the media took notice too. CREDO members' opposition to Betsy DeVos was cited by NPR, The Washington Post, Vox, Mother Jones and Huffington Post — among other outlets — in stories about her confirmation.1,2,3,4,5

We are grateful for all you have done so far and for your participation in all we will keep doing to resist Trump’s racism and xenophobia and to defend our democracy from fascism.

Thank you,

Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets


  1. Kristina Rizga, "The Senate Just Confirmed Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Every Single Democrat Voted Against Her." Mother Jones, Feb. 7, 2017.
  2. Rebecca Klein, "Betsy DeVos Ekes Out Confirmation As VP Casts First Tie-Breaker For Cabinet Post," Huffington Post, Feb. 7, 2017.
  3. Anya Kamenetz, "How Betsy DeVos Became Trump's Least Popular Cabinet Pick," NPR, Feb. 3, 2017.
  4. Emma Brown and Moriah Balingit, "Senate panel votes in favor of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education secretary pick," The Washington Post, Jan. 31, 2017.
  5. Jacob Gardenswartz, "Senate phone lines are flooded with callers opposing Betsy DeVos. Only Democrats are listening." Vox, Jan. 30, 2017.