Senator Susan Collins to oppose DeVos nomination

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Republican Sen. Susan Collins is joining her Maine colleague, independent Sen. Angus King, in opposing the nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary.

Collins and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski announced their opposition to President Donald Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Education Department on Wednesday.

Devos is a wealthy Republican donor, a school choice activist and a champion of charter schools and using taxpayer-funded vouchers for private and parochial school tuition.

She would end up with a 50-50 vote in the Senate if all other GOP senators support DeVos and all Democrats oppose her, requiring Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie.