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Why can’t Betsy DeVos give a direct answer to a direct question?

April 10, 2019
In The News

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos seems to have a problem answering direct questions with direct answers — at least when testifying before Congress.

DeVos was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify about her department’s policies and priorities before the House Committee on Education and Labor and was asked repeatedly to provide yes-or-no answers to questions. She rarely did.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) talked about several issues, sometimes getting direct answers from DeVos, sometimes not.

Bonamici, chair of the Education and Labor subcommittee on civil rights and human services, quizzed the secretary about the Trump administration’s 2017 decision to rescind Obama-era guidance on transgender students. That guidance said prohibiting transgender students from using facilities aligning with their gender identity violates federal anti-discrimination laws.

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