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With House, Dems eager to bring DeVos under closer oversight

8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 January 21, 2019 8:24 AM January 21, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office.

DeVos has emerged as a common target for Democrats as they take charge of House committees that wield oversight powers, such as the authority to issue subpoenas and call hearings. At least four committees are expected to push DeVos on topics including her rollback of regulation on the for-profit college industry.

Rep. Bobby Scott is a Virginia Democrat leading the House education committee. He says he'll bring DeVos forward for hearings "as often as necessary." DeVos is also expected to face scrutiny from committees overseeing veterans' affairs, government oversight, and appropriations.

Education Department spokeswoman Liz Hill says DeVos will work with any member of Congress who wants to rethink education.

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