AFP Cheers Confirmation of DeVos as Education Secretary

Feb 7, 2017 by AFP

Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity cheered the Senate’s confirmation of Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education today.

The organization had been active in encouraging Senators to support DeVos’ nomination. Grassroots activists around the country contacted their senators to urge them to stand for more school choice and support DeVos, after which several of them committed to a Yea vote ahead of today’s floor action.

AFP President Tim Phillips released the following statement:

“Today’s vote sets the stage for an exciting dialogue about the future of our education system, led by someone who has understands that better outcomes can’t be dictated from Washington. We’re looking forward to being a partner in encouraging positive reforms at the Department of Education and advancing sound legislation that expands educational opportunity across the country, putting more power in the hands of students and parents.

“We were disappointed to see Senators Murkowski and Collins standing in the way of more choice for students, and we’ll be looking for ways to encourage them to support these sound policies moving forward.” 

AFP specifically targeted Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski last week, after she announced she would oppose DeVos’ nomination. The grassroots group launched this video ad encouraging grassroots activists to flood her phones and urge her not to stand in the way of more choice and opportunity for students. A spokesman for the organization said her No vote today was disappointing and that they would consider further action to encourage Murkowski to support school choice in the future.

The group previously sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, encouraging full and fair consideration of DeVos’ nomination.