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Secretary Betsy DeVos is Costing Taxpayers Over $1 Million Per Month to Pay for Her Security

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The unpopular selection of Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, brought out protests among Democrats, public school supporters, and teachers unions. And it is not because she will be costing taxpayers nearly $34,000 per day, or over $1 Million per month, starting February 13, but for various reasons.

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Observed to be an “unusual security arrangement”, the U.S. Marshals Service will be protecting her until September 30, which is the end of the government fiscal year. That means that the Education Department will have to reimburse the U.S. Marshals at least $7.78 million for this fiscal year.

Although the U.S. Marshals won’t go into detail about this particular rare security arrangement, Marshals spokeswoman, Lynzey Donahue, mentioned that the size of the protection team for Secretary DeVos is “commensurate with the existing threat and based on USMS protective service requirements, experience and methodology”.

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DeVos was appointed on February 8, and upon visiting a middle school on February 11, she was blocked from entering the Jefferson Middle School Academy in southwest Washington by a bunch of protesters. Somehow she managed to get in and discuss with the school’s officials, even as protesters briefly blocked her entry into the middle school.

Gregory Wallace of CNN Politics wrote on April 10 that U.S. Marshals “rarely” handle protection for cabinet officials. DeVos’ unpopularity seems to stem from a much earlier statement she made about having guns at a Wyoming school to protect them from grizzly bears. This met with great anger among public school supporters and teachers unions.

Other issues also spoke of Sen. Chris Murphy informing CNN that DeVos seems to “have no knowledge of the federal law that protects students with disabilities”.

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In the same report, the Connecticut Democrat spoke of DeVos’ “lack of compassion” and her “inability to understand the basic law” with regards to vulnerable students.

Nevertheless, the embattled new Secretary of Education was sworn in and now needs great protection, and all at the expense of taxpayers.

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