Senate Rules Committee votes against Skandera confirmation; Follow-up vote stalls confirmation in committee

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The Senate Rules Committee voted along party lines against the confirmation of Governor Martinez’s embattled Public Education Secretary-designate, Hanna Skandera.

A follow-up vote to move her confirmation forward to the full Senate without committee recommendation failed in a tied vote with Democrat Clemente Sanchez voting with Republicans.

The confirmation is now stalled in committee, allowing Skandera to continue serving in an unconfirmed status. The full Senate could hold a vote only if a majority of members vote to remove the matter from the Rules committee.