Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed as education secretary in a historic 51 to 50 vote in which Vice President Mike Pence had to cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.
Significantly, two Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, voted with Senate Democrats to knot the Senate 50-50 on the confirmation vote. In the case of a tie in the Senate, the Vice President holds the deciding vote. Mike Pence voted to confirm the contraversial DeVos as education secretary, breaking the tie, 51-50.
Cracks in Control
This is a sign that the Republican control over Congress is not a solid as everyone thinks, especially Trump supporters who this week have been trying to play down the possiblity of a Trump impeachment. With Republicans holding a majority of votes in the House and Senate, in order to impeach Trump, Republicans in Congress will have to vote with Democrats. Not possible, say the Trump defenders.
But with enough Republicans voting against Trump’s pick for education secretary to force a tied vote, there surely are cracks in Republican control. And if simlilar cracks are forming in the House, then the simple majority vote needed to start the impeachment process against Trump doesnt’t seem impossible. Especially considering that these cracks are forming only 2 and half weeks into the Trump Presidency. How long before these cracks lead to breaking? And how long before the door to impeaching Trump opens up?