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West Michigan congressman discusses Betsy DeVos' nomination clearing Senate education committee

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Grand Rapids’ Betsy DeVos is considered by many democrats to be one of the more controversial of Donald Trump's cabinet nominees.

Tuesday, DeVos won Senate Health, Education, Pensions and Labor Committee approval to be education secretary.

“I’ve been supportive of Betsy. She’s worked in the education field for a long time and I’m hopeful she can make a difference.”

That’s Cascade Township Republican, U.S. Representative Justin Amash providing his views from the House.

“It’ll give West Michigan a seat at the table on education issues and I think we have a lot of people in this community who are concerned about education issues, who know a lot about education issues, and I’m confident she will listen to people and take all perspectives into account.”

Back at the Senate, not all Republicans are as confident. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are expressing their skepticism over DeVos. They say they are not yet sure whether they will vote for her on the Senate floor.

Murkowski explaining DeVos has yet to prove that she deeply cares about America's struggling schools and its children.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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