Education Sec. Betsy DeVos clashes with Democratic senator over Special Olympics fallout

Cruel’ Democrats slam Trump’s education secretary for deep budget cuts — including elimination of Special Olympics funding

That's a total of almost $18 million a year. At another hearing on Thursday, Sen.

Rep. Mark Pocan, a Wisconsin Democrat who was among the House appropriators pressing DeVos over the Special Olympics cut proposal on Tuesday, made clear the House would not accept the effort to slash the federal funding. Kasich, who also represented OH in the U.S. House, said that when he was on the budget committee, "these types of programs were off limits - for good reason".

"The Special Olympics is not a federal program", she added. Disability advocates said DeVos has prioritized charter and private schools over students with disabilities.

Budget officials claim the $17 million could easily be recovered if a "certain someone" cut back on the McDonalds deliveries to his private quarter (pounder) s. When asked if she was familiar with the federal law, she said she "may have confused it". "I love its work, and I have personally supported its mission", she said.

"Sadly, it is not the least surprising that the Secretary of Education is unwilling to give a direct answer on whether or not she thinks discrimination against students based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is wrong".

"Let's not used disabled children in a twisted way for your political narrative, umm, that is just disgusting and it's shameful", she said with self-righteous indignation.

"I'm appalled, to tell you the truth".

"It is important to note that the presentation of the president's budget is just one part of the budget process - immediately after it is released, negotiations begin on Capitol Hill", Special Olympics Pennsylvania spokeswoman Nicole Jones said today.

The department is planning $7 billion in reductions for fiscal year 2020.

Blunt has supported the Special Olympics throughout his tenure in Congress.

DeVos faced questioning on a range of topics Thursday, including her proposed rewrite of rules around campus sexual assault and her handling of for-profit colleges.

"As you know, [the] budget process within the administration is a collaborative one, and it's been my responsibility to present the budget here on behalf of the administration, the president's budget", she told Durbin.

"We had to make some hard decisions with this budget", said Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. The proposal requests slashing funds for programs that support students with disabilities, including the Special Olympics.

According to CNN, this is the third time the administration has sought to cut Special Olympics funding, which DeVos noted in her testimony "is well supported by the philanthropic sector as well". It was established in 1979, and Ronald Reagan campaigned on a promise to kill it if he took the White House.

"The Special Olympics will be funded", Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a rally in MI.

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