Senate postpones Betsy DeVos confirmation hearing amid concerns of conflicts of interest


Last night two senators announced that Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for  Education Secretary, would have to wait another week for a senate hearing that could confirm her spot in the new administration.

In a joint statement released by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee chairman, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and ranking member, Patty Murray (D-Wash) said the delay was simply complying to a "request of the Senate leadership to accommodate the Senate schedule.”

But according to a Politico article, the move comes after democrats became concerned that the Office of Government Ethics was overwhelmed with vetting Trump's cabinets picks and wasn't able to properly review DeVos' financial holdings and potential conflicts of interest.

Had the hearing been held tomorrow morning as planned, it's likely that DeVos wouldn't have been totally cleared by the Office of Government Ethics and that she would not have yet signed an agreement addressing possible conflicts of interest.

DeVos, a Michigan billionaire, is known for her ties to religious conservative organizations, the GOP, and for helping to make a giant mess of the Detroit Public School system.

DeVos opponents are hoping to use this delay to petition senators to vote against instating her as education secretary. Despite her conservative proclivities, other groups are working to encourage DeVos to speak in favor of Title IX during her hearing.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.