I have no illusion that this was a personal response, but I thought that offering more than a “thank you for your input” was impressive. This was the reply from Senator Amy Klobuchar to my comment on the nomination of Betsy DeVos. I am a fan of both Minnesota senators.
Dear Dr. Grabe:
Thank you for contacting me about Betsy DeVos’ nomination for Secretary of Education. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important nomination.
I will not vote in favor of Betsy DeVos’ nomination for Secretary of Education. I am concerned that she will not work to ensure that all children have access to a high-quality public education. As one example, during her confirmation hearing, Ms. DeVos’ comments indicated that she was not aware of the critical protections for children with disabilities provided by the landmark Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This view would put more than 124,000 Minnesota students with disabilities at risk, and is at odds with 40 years of bipartisan support for IDEA in Minnesota and across the country.
Federal protections for students with disabilities have never been a partisan issue. Minnesota Senators and Representatives—Democrats and Republicans alike—have a proud history of championing the protections enshrined in the IDEA. It is important to me that our next Secretary of Education is committed to upholding and enforcing the rights of all students.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I continue to be humbled to be your Senator, and one of the most important parts of my job is listening to the people of Minnesota. I am here in our nation’s capital to do the public’s business. I hope you will contact me again about matters of concern to you.
United States Senator