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Trump Overrides Admin Decision To Slash Special Olympics Funding
03-28-2019, 05:08 PM,
Trump Overrides Admin Decision To Slash Special Olympics Funding
Trump Overrides Admin Decision To Slash Special Olympics Funding

<p><strong>Having seen Education Secretary Betsy DeVos slammed today as she tried to defend the department’s proposed budget cuts - including the elimination of funding for the <a href="">Special Olympics</a></strong> - in a hearing before House lawmakers this afternoon, President <strong>Trump has - for the second time in a week - overridden his administration,</strong> telling a pool of reporters that the Special Olympics will be funded.</p>

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<p><strong>"The Special Olympics is not a federal program. It's a private organization. I love its work, and I have personally supported its mission</strong>. Because of its important work, it is able to raise more than $100 million every year," DeVos said in a statement.</p>

<p>"There are dozens of worthy nonprofits that support students and adults with disabilities that don't get a dime of federal grant money. <strong>But given our current budget realities, the federal government cannot fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations</strong>," she added.</p>

<p>According to Education Week, the proposal released earlier this month would <a href="">gut at least 29 programs</a> in an attempt to save some $7 billion, including the<strong> elimination of $17.6 million in funding for the Special Olympics, roughly 10 percent of the group's overall revenue.</strong></p>

<p><strong>“We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget,” </strong>DeVos told a House subcommittee. </p>

<p>“Madam Secretary, I have to say, and maybe it’s offensive: <strong><a href="">Shame on you</a>,</strong>” Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said per CNN.</p>

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<p>But now, having faced widespread backlash from the decision, President Trump told reporters at the White House Thursday,</p>

<p>"<em><strong>I've overridden my people for funding the Special Olympics."</strong></em></p>

<p><strong>DeVos said she "wasn't personally involved" </strong>in pushing for elimination of the funding, but she defended it as her agency seeks to cut $7 billion from the 2020 budget.</p>

<p>This 'override' follows Trump's decision to go against his administration's plans to place further sanctions on North Korea.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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