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Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Elisabeth DeVos to be Secretary of Education: Elisabeth Prince DeVos, of Michigan, to be Secretary of Education

Feb 3, 2017 at 6:56 a.m. ET.

This was a vote on “cloture” in the Senate, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.


All Votes R D I
Yea 52%
Nay 48%

Cloture Motion Agreed to. Simple Majority Required. Source:

The Yea votes represented 45% of the country’s population by apportioning each state’s population to its voting senators.

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