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Sen. Tim Scott: DeVos Brings Reform, Competition to American Education

The Republican senator who introduced new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee told reporters shortly after the Senate’s Tuesday vote to confirm DeVos that her taking over federal education programs is long overdue.

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Buzz: Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue Up for Agriculture Secretary

President-elect Donald J. Trump has two cabinet openings left to fill — the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Veterans Affairs — and now Washington is buzzing that former Georgia governor George E. “Sonny” Perdue is lined up for the USDA nod.

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Sources: Capitol Hill Conservatives Agreed to Pull Conscience Protection from DOD Budget After VP-Elect Mike Pence Assurances

Capitol Hill conservatives allowed Democrats to strip the “Russell Amendment” out of the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2017 budget during conference negotiations after Vice-President Michael R. Pence and other members of the presidential transition team assured them that the incoming administration will restore protections for religion and conscience stripped by President Barack Obama.