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DeVos confirmed to be Ed Sec, filibuster against Sessions broken

by | Feb 7, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos

A good day for pro-lifers nominated by President Donald Trump to assume two cabinet positions.

Earlier this afternoon, Senate Republicans broke an attempted Democrat filibuster of pro-life Sen. Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General. The final tally was 52-47 with all Republicans voting in favor along with one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV.)

According to reports, a final confirmation vote on Sessions could come Wednesday evening.

Earlier today, after dozens of pro-abortion Democrats took the floor for much the last 24 hours to harshly criticize her, pro-life Betsy DeVos was confirmed to be Secretary of Education by the narrowest of margins.

The vote was 50-50 with the tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence. (The Vice President presides over the Senate. He or she votes only when there is a tie.).

All 48 Democrats voted against Mrs. DeVos. Two Republicans– Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine–also voted against her confirmation.

In November, when pro-life President Trump nominated Sen. Sessions, National Right to Life said, “Jeff Sessions will bring to the Justice Department a strong record in defense of innocent human life, and consistent opposition to the imposition of social legislation by the judiciary.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions

Sen. Jeff Sessions

Sen. Sessions compiled a 100% pro-life voting record throughout his tenure in the U.S. Senate, which began in 1997. He co-sponsored pro-life legislation including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would protect from abortion unborn children at 20 weeks fetal age or later, who are capable of feeling pain, and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would ensure a baby born alive during an abortion is given the same care that would apply to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.

In addition, Sen. Sessions opposed all of President Obama’s nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In January pro-abortion Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) said to Sessions, “You have referred to Roe v. Wade as, ‘one of the worst, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time.’ Is that still your view?”

“It is,” Sessions replied. “It violated the Constitution, and really attempted to set policy and not follow law.”

Sen. Feinstein was alluding to a previous statement where Sessions said, “I firmly believe that Roe v. Wade and its descendants represent one of the worse, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time. It was an activist decision…it was a Court that decided to politically impose their will.”

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