U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed both released statements Tuesday expressing frustration over Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as secretary of education.
“This was a historically unqualified nominee who should have been rejected,” wrote Reed, Rhode Island's senior senator.
All Democratic and two Republican senators voted against DeVos leaving the final tally at 50-50. Vice President Mike Pence had to break the tie, a first in cabinet confirmations.