DeVos was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate in a 51–50 vote, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. This was the first time in United States Senate history that the Vice President was called upon to break a tie vote for a Cabinet nominee.
Rather than spend taxpayer dollars on her travel as the education secretary, DeVos spent her own money on private travel and had the government pay only $184 between assuming office and September 2017 – despite this, the mainstream media covered the story as if she used taxpayer dollars.
- Adams, Becket (September 21, 2017). Here's some proof that headlines really do matter. Washington Examiner. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
- Griswold, Alex (September 22, 2017). Associated Press Horrified That DeVos Flies on Private Plane at Her Own Expense. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved September 22, 2017.