DeVos Blasted Over Proposed Special Olympics Cuts

DeVos Blasted Over Proposed Special Olympics Cuts

DeVos Blasted Over Proposed Special Olympics Cuts

And at the end of her statement, she confirmed the basic fact that all the reports got right: Her department cut funds for Special Olympics in its budget. Other analysts are speculating that DeVos herself was denied entrance to the Special Olympics upon misspelling her final word, "education".

The Trump administration's proposed education budget also includes about $2 billion in cuts to Pell Grants on top of billions in reductions to about 30 other programs, according to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., chairwoman of the appropriations subcommittee.

"We had to make some hard decisions", she said.

But according to the MA congressman, that has "little to do" with the reason he staunchly opposes Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's proposal to eliminate federal funding for the organization.

She went on to point out existing funding that would continue to support students with disabilities. Her proposed 2020 budget would slash overall funding for the Education Department by 12 percent, and has a slim chance of being approved by the Democratic-controlled House.

About 8 percent of Special Olympics Maine's annual budget, which is now $1.4 million, comes from federal grants distributed by Special Olympics Inc.

In the past two years, Congress has responded to the White House proposal to eliminate Special Olympics funding by increasing the total.

From coaching to seeing his son Dexter compete, Dennis Drbal says the Special Olympics has made a lasting impact on his family.

There was no indication whether anyone inside the administration fought to keep the Special Olympics funding.

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/NewscomThis isn't the first year that DeVos called for cuts to the Special Olympics and there is very little reason to believe the reductions will go through.

"The Special Olympics is not a federal program", she said in a statement Wednesday.

"I love Special Olympics myself, I have given a portion of my salary to Special Olympics". We don't want to see any cuts come to it.

The Education Department has asked to end funding for the programs, which are meant to support awareness of and encourage participation in the Special Olympics. "Given our current budget realities, the federal government can not fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations".

The proposed budget cut also was criticized by State Senate President Steve Sweeney, who called it "sad" and "inexcusable and unacceptable" to use the money to fill budget holes.

"The Special Olympics is not a federal program".

The organization is largely funded by corporate and private donations. DeVos's proposed budget makes almost $7 billion in budget cuts for 2020.

Special Olympics chairman Timothy Shriver expressed disappointment with the proposal, saying the organisation does critical work in schools to help educate youths "about the importance of an inclusive mindset to the future of the country".

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