The House on Thursday approved Betsy DeVos’ nomination as the nation’s education secretary.
The move is expected to be a boost to DeVos, a prominent supporter of charter schools who was a leading critic of the Obama administration’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
It comes as Republicans are trying to push through legislation that will dismantle the Obama-era rule that requires schools to offer at least two years of schooling in English.
The Senate is set to vote next week on a similar measure that would eliminate the Obama rule.
The House bill, which has bipartisan support, is expected soon.
The White House and DeVos’ office have said she is highly qualified to lead the Education Department.