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USA: Pence breaks historic tie-break, confirming Betsy DeVos as education secretary00:40

USA: Pence breaks historic tie-break, confirming Betsy DeVos as education secretary

United States, Washington DC
February 7, 2017 at 18:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Vice-President Mike Pence tipped the vote in Betsy DeVos' favour on the senate floor in Washington DC, Tuesday, confirming her as US President Donald Trump's pick for education secretary.

The vote was split 50-50. Pence offered the 51st vote and in doing so made history by being the first vice-president to cast a tie-breaking vote for any cabinet member.

Trump's choice for education secretary was criticised following DeVos' confirmation hearing last month. Thousands protested across the country to campaign against her confirmation, with many citing her alleged lack of support for public schools as a reason for doing so.

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US Vice-President Mike Pence tipped the vote in Betsy DeVos' favour on the senate floor in Washington DC, Tuesday, confirming her as US President Donald Trump's pick for education secretary.

The vote was split 50-50. Pence offered the 51st vote and in doing so made history by being the first vice-president to cast a tie-breaking vote for any cabinet member.

Trump's choice for education secretary was criticised following DeVos' confirmation hearing last month. Thousands protested across the country to campaign against her confirmation, with many citing her alleged lack of support for public schools as a reason for doing so.

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