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DeVos gets cold shoulder from White House after interviews
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got a less than ringing endorsement from the White House on Monday after a pair of uncomfortable television interviews raised questions about her commitment to help underperforming schools and support for President Donald Trump's proposal to curb school violence. Less than a day after DeVos was appointed to chair a federal commission on school safety, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders downplayed DeVos' role in the process.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday sharply criticized Education Secretary Betsy DeVos following a meeting, calling the administration's recently formed commission on school safety "a tool for continued distraction" from changes to federal gun laws.
"I am hoping that Secretary DeVos gets a handle on this issue and changes her tune, but based on this meeting today, I have no confidence that this commission will be anything other than a tool for continued distraction and safety," Murray said in a statement.
Murray serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. She said she met Tuesday afternoon with DeVos, who chairs the federal commission on school safetyby the White House earlier this week.
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This afternoon, I met with- Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) to talk about her role as head of President Trump's new commission on school safety. I appreciated that Secretary DeVos came to meet with me, but I was extremely disappointed at how the meeting went.
The White House on Sundayto "harden" schools in the wake of a Feb. 14 massacre at a Parkland, Fla., high school. The announcement did not include any federal gun law proposals, but established a panel to assess best practices for improving school safety.
Murray said DeVos did not express interest Tuesday in addressing gun safety policies like universal background checks or raising the minimum age requirement to purchase a rifle.
House to vote on school safety bill this week
The US House of Representatives is set to vote this week on a bill to give money for more security at schools, as the nation's lawmakers continue to search for legislative solutions to gun violence that can pass the Legislative Branch. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday, exactly one month after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, on the "STOP School Violence Act of 2018," which was introduced by Florida Republican Rep. John Rutherford, a former sheriff of Duval County. "STOP" is an acronym for "Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing.
"Everything I heard from [DeVos] in our conversation suggested that this is just the latest effort to delay and shift the conversation away from the gun safety reforms that people across the country are demanding," Murray said.
Murray also said that DeVos told her that only federal officials would be part of the panel.
The White House said Sunday the panel would include federal, local and school officials.
President Trump's Education secretary said Monday that "" for the commission, and called for a "broader" approach to the debate over gun laws and school safety following the Parkland shooting.
"There are many things that have driven this issue in the first place and we have to go back to the beginning and talk about how these violent acts are even occurring," DeVos said.
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reacted to President Trump's remarks at Saturday night rally, also addressed the White House plan on school safety and gun violence.DeVos, who spoke to TODAY on Monday to discuss the White House plan to deal with school safety, also gave her thoughts about Trump calling NBC's "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd a "sleeping son of a b---h" over the weekend.
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