Today I voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. Throughout her 30-year career as an education reform advocate and as the chairman for the American Federation for Children, Betsy DeVos has fought to give parents the ability to choose a better school for their children. I am confident she will use her authority as secretary of education to give state and local governments more control over education policy. This is the kind of reform that DeVos has long fought for in order to give parents of all students—including low-income, minority and special needs children—access to high-quality education. I look forward to working with her to bring education authority back to the states.
Now is the time to begin debate on the repeal of Obamacare. Oklahomans are suffering—premiums have tripled in the last three years, four rural hospitals have closed and only one insurance provider remains on our exchange. Obamacare has not brought down costs nor enabled competition. Today’s vote begins debate on repealing what has proven to be a disastrous healthcare law. By voting yes, I am committed to repealing Obamacare, providing relief to suffering Oklahomans.