Meriden resident Miguel Cardona’s nomination to become the next U.S. Secretary of Education is now headed to a final vote for confirmation by the U.S. Senate. That vote is expected to occur early next week.
On Thursday, senators voted 66 to 32 margin to invoke cloture on the nomination, a procedural step that ends a debate without also ending or rejecting a matter being debated. Invoking cloture requires at least 60 votes — or a three-fifths majority.
The office of Connecticut U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy did not issue a statement following Thursday’s vote. A spokesman for Murphy said a statement would follow the final vote to confirm Cardona’s nomination.
According to the Senate’s executive calendar, that vote is scheduled to occur 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
The cloture vote on Cardona’s nomination followed similar cloture votes on the nominations of Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Cecilia Elena Rouse, of New Jersey, to become the next Council of Economic Advisers chair.
Murphy had previously issued a statement following the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee vote to advance Cardona’s nomination to the full Senate.
“My friend Miguel will make a great Secretary of Education—and that’s evident by today’s overwhelming vote in committee,” Murphy stated on Feb. 11. “Miguel is respected by both Democrats and Republicans alike, and has a plan to put our students and educators first. He is committed to making sure schools operate safely as we navigate out of the pandemic and addressing the inequities that have been exacerbated by COVID-19. I look forward to a quick, bipartisan vote in the Senate to confirm his nomination.”
Cardona, a Meriden native, is currently state commissioner of education for Connecticut. Prior to his appointment to that role in 2019, Cardona had served as assistant superintendent for the Meriden Public Schools and as principal of Hanover Elementary School. He was also a classroom teacher at Israel Putnam Elementary School.