Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut, who will lead the appropriation subcommittee that funds education, said Ms. DeVos is one of the few cabinet secretaries she has not met with.
"They're good at what they want to do, and we don't count for anything," she said. DeLauro, who has clashed publicly with Ms. DeVos, said she plans to "hold the secretary accountable for the education out of the education department" through staffing and program cuts. She said she will be recruiting proposals to create a $ 1 trillion program for finance vouchers for private and parochial school tuition, for low-income students and for zeroing out funding for teacher training. Instead, Ms. DeLauro said she wants to champion new investments like community schools and early childhood education.
When the Democrats Took The House, Michael J. Petrilli, The President of the Conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute, urged Ms. DeVos to step down rather than subject himself to "show trials."
Now that Ms. DeVos has shown no signs of resigning, Mr. Petrilli anticipates that Democrats will discover they have limited power and the department will carry on, immune to bad press.
"This is a department that does not have much to lose," he said.