Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, departs the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, as lawmakers gathered for a predawn vote to advance the nomination of Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos. Despite vigorous opposition from Democrats, the Republican-led Senate voted 52-48 to cut off debate before dawn Friday morning, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote next week.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, departs the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, as lawmakers gathered for a predawn vote to advance the nomination of Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos. Despite vigorous opposition from Democrats, the Republican-led Senate voted 52-48 to cut off debate before dawn Friday morning, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote next week. J. Scott Applewhite AP
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, departs the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, as lawmakers gathered for a predawn vote to advance the nomination of Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos. Despite vigorous opposition from Democrats, the Republican-led Senate voted 52-48 to cut off debate before dawn Friday morning, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote next week. J. Scott Applewhite AP

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