The Education Department’s bid to recruit a woman to lead the agency has drawn the ire of some Republicans, who have suggested she has a bias against women and the LGBT community.
Key points:Biden, a former president, has been accused of sexismThe president’s chief of staff is expected to take over from Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBiden’s nomination to lead US education department is on track for confirmation in the SenateA senior aide to Vice President Joe Biden is expected in Washington, DC on Monday, to nominate a woman as education secretary, as the White House pushes for confirmation.
Key players:Education Secretary Betsy Devos is expected at the Whitehouse on Monday to name a woman for the jobThe decision is expected on TuesdayThe appointment comes as Biden is being investigated by Senate Democrats for alleged sexual harassment.
“The vice president has long been known for his willingness to push women and girls forward in their careers and education, but I think we also have to take into account that this administration has been at odds with women in their politics for decades,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat.
“There’s been some pretty blatant sexism and sexism of this administration, and it’s just hard to imagine that this appointment is going to change that.”
Democratic Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer is urging Biden to nominate woman for education secretaryBiden has long held a low profile on the campaign trail, but on Monday he will be making his first public remarks since allegations surfaced of his sexual misconduct.
The Vice President has been in the public eye for decades, and his recent comments on women in politics, specifically sexual harassment, have drawn widespread criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.
Schumer’s office told reporters that Biden’s staff had not yet received Biden’s formal nomination but that Biden would address the nomination in Washington.
“As soon as the vice president receives the nomination, he will deliver remarks on it,” the spokesperson said.
“Biden is already in Washington at the time of this publication, and will be delivering his remarks later on Monday.”
Biden spokesman Brian Fallon declined to comment on whether Biden was going to speak on the nomination.
Democrats have been pressing for a woman at the Education Department.
On Monday, Biden’s chief strategist John Weaver said in a tweet that Biden had been “making the rounds in the past week talking about his vision for education and what we’re trying to do in the Department of Education, and I am very excited to see him back in the WhiteHouse on Monday for his first formal speech.”
In a statement, Weaver said that Biden is “a champion of working together and fighting for education, especially in communities of color, to improve educational opportunities for all children.”
Democrats are now looking to confirm Biden to run the Department, which has been under the control of Republican President Donald Trump since his inauguration in January.
Democrats want to replace DeVos, who is considered the most progressive education secretary in history, with a woman who is a leader in the fight against sexual harassment and assault.
Democrats on Monday said they will hold a news conference in Washington on Monday at 2:30 p.m.
ET to formally request a Cabinet nomination from Biden.
“With this confirmation process in full swing, I urge Vice President Biden to make his confirmation hearing public, and to make the nomination process transparent so all the American people can see who he is, where he stands on issues like education and combating sexual harassment,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Grassley, a Iowa Republican, said in his statement.
“We are calling on Vice President and his team to take the steps necessary to make this appointment happen.”
The Senate will hold the confirmation vote on Monday.