Protesters rally in Denver against confirmation of education secretary nominee

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DENVER -- Dozens of people held a demonstration in downtown Denver on Saturday morning to protest the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary.

The protest took place outside U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner's office. It was organized by parents and the American Federation of Teachers and Denver Federation of Teachers.

They urged the senator to vote against DeVos' confirmation.

The Senate voted early Friday to advance DeVos to a final confirmation vote, which is expected Monday. The vote was 52-48 along party lines.

Senators convened at the unusual, early hour -- 6:30 a.m. ET -- because of Democratic stalling tactics that reflect their unhappiness with Trump's cabinet picks and the overall confirmation process.

DeVos has come under fire from Democrats and two key Republicans for her positions on public and charter schools, as well as statements made during her confirmation hearing last month.

Despite losing support from Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, she is expected to be confirmed Monday with the help of Vice President Mike Pence, who will be in the chamber to break an expected 50-50 tie.