Donald Trump's nomination of school choice activist Betsy DeVos as education secretary is on thin ice after two Republican senators vowed to vote against her.
Collins and Murkowski both said in Senate floor speeches Wednesday that DeVos' commitment to the nation's public schools is in question in light of her long-held support for vouchers and charter schools.
They join Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat who also announced he wouldn't support Mrs. DeVos, despite generally voting to back President Trump's picks.
She cited the nominee's lack of experience with public schools would make it hard for her to identify with the challenges educators face, particularly in rural areas such as Maine.
Reports emerged Wednesday that Toomey was seen as a critical vote on DeVos, after two fellow Republican senators announced their opposition to her confirmation.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing on 1 February that he had "100 percent confidence" in Ms DeVos's confirmation. Murkowski the calls and emails of her constituents played a big role in her decision to oppose DeVos.
Senate rules require a simple majority of 51 votes for cabinet appointees.
Khamenei aide says Iran won't yield to 'inexperienced' Trump
Trump tweeted earlier that morning "Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE" for reportedly testing a new weapon last weekend. The historic agreement offered Iran sanctions relief in exchange for greater restrictions on its nuclear energy program.
According to The Hill, Murkowski spoke after Collins and said she too would be unable to vote for DeVos' confirmation.
Ernst says she shares a belief with DeVos that those who are closest to the students - such as parents, teachers and local administrators - know what's best for students. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who was seen as the final potential swing vote, said late Wednesday afternoon. They also said they're concerned with DeVos' lack of knowledge about a 40-year-old law governing special education.
Murkowski's decision was based on both an outpouring of responses from Alaskans as well as her own research.
Devos's conformation vote is expected Friday and Republicans are scrambling to ensure no other senators cross the lines before the vote.
Relations suffered briefly after 15 Saudi nationals took part in the September 11, 2001, attacks on NY and Washington . Trump will also talk to the acting president of South Korea, Hwang Kyo-Ahn, the White House said on Saturday.
Manufacturers have responded with an increase in selling prices, which may in turn begin to drive consumer price inflation. The PMI rose to 50.9 points in January, up from 46.7 points in December 2016, according to data released yesterday.
Ashwal and colleagues pried the newfound crystals from rocky outcrops on the island, erasing any doubts of the zircons' origins. Scientists realized Mauritius' continental origins while studying bits of the mineral zircon found on the island.
Payet, 29, has scored eight goals in 32 games for France, featuring in the Euro 2016 final which they lost to Portugal. It is understood the France global will take a £25,000 wage cut from his £125,000-a-week salary following the switch.
Stewart, a Toronto native, is known for his documentaries that include " Revolution " and his memoir "Save the Humans". The CBC reported that Stewart was diving at a wreck off Islamorada when he resurfaced to be picked up by a boat.
How that plan will differ from what the USA military is doing now to combat the Islamic State remains to be seen. By its radical Islamic ideology, ISIS also attempting to create its own state, which it claims as a "caliphate".
Brent crude, used to price global oils, slid 72 cents, or 1.3 percent, to close at $55.52 a barrel in London. The national average is 46.2 cents per gallon higher than the same time a year ago , GasBuddy said.
The 14 lost shuttle astronauts also were recognized Thursday, along with seven other USA astronauts killed in plane crashes. Though the astronauts fought to get the door open, they were overcome by the smoke and fume, dying inside the aircraft.
Trump Shows His 'Regard' For Black History Month
The following is from President Donald Trump's remarks at a Black History Month event with African Americans . Presumably, he knows that those other people are dead. "And we'll be honoring it more and more".
Tesla Motors, Inc. is now officially Tesla, Inc
Sell-side analyst recommendations point to a short term price target of $54.43 on the company shares. The firm's 50-day moving average price is $225.23 and its 200-day moving average price is $210.54.
Fed To Keep Rates Steady - For Now
Previously, inflation was "expected to rise to 2% over the medium term"; now, "inflation will rise". There was some speculation of better commentary on business investment.
Leaked Images & Information Surface Of Upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8
It's also reported that the lower part of the screen will also be pressure-sensitive, similar to the iPhone's 3D Touch technology. As noted, the Korean mobile phone company has finally issued an official statement about the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 incident.
Austrian government moves to ban full-face veil
According to Chancellor Christian Kern, the ban will be implemented over the next 18 months, The Sun reported . It is now a draft law, but the ban is due to come into force before the next parliamentary vote in 2018.
A Bobcat Escaped Her Enclosure At The National Zoo
A bobcat has gone missing after apparently escaping its enclosure at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the zoo said Monday. Saffoe said Ollie is equipped to survive and that bobcats sometimes catch birds that land in their enclosure.
Liverpool v Chelsea talking points
It's tempting to go straight for Overs here, as it's trading at a big-looking [2.12] and Liverpool have a reputation for goals. Chelsea have been very fortunate with injuries all season, and Conte has all of his key names available.