Spellings Promises a Bipartisan Approach
Senate Committee Forwards Nomination of Bush Confidante
Margaret Spellings, President Bush’s nominee to become the next secretary of education, vowed last week to listen carefully to the concerns of those dealing with the No Child Left Behind Act at the state and local levels and to take a “workable and sensible” approach to carrying out the controversial law, the signature education achievement of Mr. Bush’s first term.
During her Jan. 6 confirmation hearing before the Senate education committee, she also pledged to bring a “spirit of bipartisanship” to her job if she wins Senate backing, which was all but certain. Later that day, in fact, the committee unanimously approved her nomination during a brief meeting just off the Senate floor.
No floor vote was scheduled as of late last week, though the Senate was expected to take fairly quick...
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