November 14, 2019 Press Release

McSally Backs Controversial Betsy DeVos Ally’s Lifetime Confirmation

McSally Votes To Give A Lifetime Appointment To Betsy DeVos Ally Who Came Up With “Illegal” Plan To “Screw” Defrauded Students

As an attorney at the Betsy DeVos-run Department of Education, Menashi helped DeVos develop a plan to “screw” defrauded student borrowers


PHOENIX — Martha McSally today voted to give a lifetime judicial appointment to former Dept. of Education attorney Steven Menashi who infamously helped Betsy DeVos “roll back an Obama-era initiative to help victims of for-profit colleges.”

At the Department of Education, Menashi was personally involved in helping DeVos come up with an illegal scheme to deny debt relief to thousands of students, according to the New York Times:

Menashi “helped devise an illegal Education Department effort to use private Social Security data to deny debt relief to thousands of students cheated by their for-profit colleges.”

In addition to coming up with the plan to “
screw” student borrowers, Menashi is also responsible for a number of DeVos efforts to “[roll] back students’ civil rights protections,” according to the Times.

Menashi is the latest in a long string of controversial judges that McSally has voted to give a lifetime appointment. McSally — who votes with Mitch McConnell 98% of the time — has confirmed a number of other individuals with a reputation for siding with corporations over people, including anti-health care judges who are hostile to requiring insurance companies to cover people with a pre-existing condition.
 

“Martha McSally’s vote to give Betsy DeVos ally Steven Menashi a lifetime appointment fits into her long record of siding with powerful corporate special interests over people here in Arizona — it’s just another reason why Arizonans can’t trust her,” said Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson Brad Bainum.