The U.S. Senate education committee on Wednesday voted to approve the nomination of John B. King Jr. as secretary of education.
The panel voted 16 to 6 in favor of King’s nomination, sending it to the floor of the full U.S. Senate.
King has been serving as acting secretary of education since Arne Duncan stepped down at the end of December.
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts voted in favor of King’s nomination Wednesday but said she would withhold her support on the Senate floor until the Education Department provides answers to her questions about loan servicing and debt relief for students who attended some for-profit colleges.
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