Billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos' bid to be President Donald Trump's Secretary of Education could be in jeopardy after two Republican senators announced Wednesday that they'll vote against confirming her for the job.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska both said they cannot support DeVos, a fierce advocate for charter schools and voucher programs as well a prolific donor to Republican causes.
Republican leaders have been racing to shore up support for the nominee and soon after Collins and Murkowski's announcements. GOP Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said that he will back her confirmation, calling her "the right choice for this position."
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The next procedural vote on her nomination is now expected on Friday.
The White House expressed confidence Wednesday afternoon that DeVos will ultimately be confirmed, despite the defections.