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Sen. Mark Warner Announces He Will Oppose Betsy Devos for Education Secretary


Mark Warner is Sen. Good News/Sen. Bad News. One minute he does the right thing, like opposing Mnuchin and Devos. The next minute, he’s voting for “cloture” on the corrupt, Putin-loving Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. Really hard to figure this guy out…also other Dems who vote for any of Trump’s abysmally awful Cabinet nominees.


WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today announced that he will oppose confirming Betsy Devos as U.S. Secretary of Education, and released the following statement:

“After reviewing Ms. DeVos’ qualifications and considering input from Virginia educators and parents, I have determined that I cannot support her nomination to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education.

“I have heard from thousands of my constituents with concerns that Ms. DeVos’ single-minded focus on charter schools and voucherizing federal education dollars is out of step with the education climate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Additionally, countless calls and letters from educators and parents of students with special needs have emphasized concerns about Ms. DeVos’ commitment to enforcing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Further, her testimony before the Senate HELP Committee leaves questions in my mind about her understanding of policies related to campus sexual assault, student achievement, and school safety. As a Governor who made one of the largest single investments in K-12 education in Virginia history, I will not stand by and allow the Commonwealth’s high-quality public school system to be undermined.

“Access to a quality public education is key to ensuring every child has a fair shot, and the Secretary of Education’s role in safeguarding students’ civil rights and safety cannot be understated. Ms. DeVos has not demonstrated that she appreciates the scope of these responsibilities, or that she is prepared to effectively fulfill them. For these reasons, I will not be supporting her nomination to be Secretary of Education.”

  • Warner’s statement on Tillerson. Ugh.

    “Tonight I voted to move forward with the nomination of Rex Tillerson to serve as Secretary of State.

    “Mr. Tillerson clearly would not have been my first choice for Secretary of State. I disagree with him on many issues, including Exxon Mobil’s stance on climate change and lobbying against Russian sanctions.

    “I respect the fact that he has chosen at this point in his career to serve the nation. I know that there are many people who disagree with my decision, but I believe that he will bring a more experienced, measured voice to an Administration that has so far struggled to demonstrate any rational approach to foreign policy.”

    • stuckinthewoods

      After that and his no vote on purchasing prescription medication from Canada I’m beginning to suspect Mark Warner is corrupt.

      • JWS

        Oh hell, I’ve known Mark Warner since 1993; and during that time our acquaintance has gone through some really high times and some really low ones.

        I can goddamned guarantee that he doesn’t have a corrupt bone in his body.

        Sometimes he has a bone between his ears, but that is in no way corrupt.

        • Agreed, there’s zero evidence that Warner’s corrupt, lots of evidence of the “bone between his ears.”

        • stuckinthewoods

          Thanks, good to know. When someone who takes a large amount from pharma votes to prevent me from giving them less it makes me take notice. Now, about that bone of his and Tillerson? Rare in a Democrat, eh?

    ~ Launches new online tools for Virginians to share their Affordable Care Act stories ~

    WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today announced that he will oppose confirming Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. He released the following statement:

    “Today, Democrats on the Finance Committee boycotted a scheduled markup to vote on the nominations of Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary and Congressman Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) until a number of outstanding questions regarding the nominees’ records have been fully answered. Once that happens, it is my hope that the Senate Finance Committee will hold a vote on these nominees with full, bipartisan participation. At that time, however, it is my intention to vote against Congressman Price’s nomination to serve as Secretary of HHS and, as I previously announced, against Mr. Mnuchin’s nomination as well.

    “I am committed to making sure we have a health care system that is affordable, accessible, and provides high-quality care, which is why I must oppose Congressman Price’s nomination.

    “While I believe there is more we can do to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the fact is that it plays a critical role in driving healthcare innovation, protecting consumers, and reducing overall spending. I also believe strongly in the importance of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to provide protection and health coverage to millions of seniors, Americans with disabilities, low-income Virginians and children.

    “Through his long record and public statements, Congressman Price has made it clear that he does not share these views. He has voted repeatedly against CHIP, advocated for dismantling the ACA without a viable replacement, and made it clear that as Secretary of HHS he will seek to implement policies that will make healthcare more expensive and less accessible to Virginians. I will strongly oppose this nomination.”

    Sen. Warner also announced the launch of a new ACA portal on his website, asking Virginians to share their Affordable Care Act stories with him via http://www.warner.senate.gov or on social media using the hashtag #VAis4coverage.

    “Nearly 400,000 Virginians now have coverage under the Affordable Care Act. If the Administration and Congress move forward on a plan to repeal the ACA without providing a viable replacement, hundreds of thousands of Virginians – and millions of Americans – stand to lose their access to affordable health coverage,” said Sen. Warner. “I’m asking Virginians to help me make the case against repeal by sharing their stories about how the ACA has helped them, and suggesting ways that Congress can work to improve, instead of dismantle, our healthcare system.”

  • Sen. Tim Kaine: “I voted to confirm Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation. She is a mainstream pick with experience in transportation policy. I look forward to working with her to address transportation infrastructure needs in Virginia—particularly those related to the Metro system, Memorial Bridge, traffic congestion, and sea level rise.”