The U.S. Senate today, Feb. 7, voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary. DeVos is the only one President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees so far to face serious trouble on the Senate floor. Senators were evenly divided, 50-50, and Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaker in favor of confirmation.
Previous attempts by the city’s Docks and Harbors division and university at forging a joint plan stalled last year. But University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield said Monday that the university remains open to compromise.
At one point both the city of Juneau and University of Alaska Southeast were working on a joint plan to acquire the property but that stalled last year. Both have ambitious plans on how to develop the prime waterfront property on Auke Bay.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced on the Senate floor today that she will vote against President Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary. Murkowski said she’s heard from thousands of Alaskans who are concerned that Betsy DeVos lacks public school experience, and Murkowski said she shares that concern.