WASHINGTON D.C. — The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, who is President-Elect Trump’s choice for Education Secretary has been delayed by one week. The announcement was made by Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairperson of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension committee, which has jurisdiction over the hearing, along with Sen. Patty Murray, who is the ranking Democrat on the committee.
The move comes after numerous Democrats, including Murray, called for the hearing to be postponed in order for her ethics and financial checks to be completed by the Office of Government Ethics.
In a statement, Alexander said “This will not change our plans to vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos in the HELP committee on Tuesday, January 24. The delay is simply to accommodate the Senate schedule. Betsy DeVos is an outstanding nominee who has complied with all of the committee’s requirements and no one doubts that she will be confirmed as education secretary.”
The hearing will now be held on Jan. 17 at 5 p.m., as opposed to the original date of Jan. 11.