Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tried to defend the department’s proposed budget slice — including the elimination of funding for the Special Olympics — in a hearing before House lawmakers on Tuesday.
It didn’t go well.
According to Education Week, relevant proposals released earlier this month would gut at least 29 planneds in an attempt to save some$ 7 billion.
“We had to acquire some difficult decisions with this budget, ” DeVos told a House subcommittee.
“Madam Secretary, I have to say, and maybe it’s offensive: Shame on you, ” Rep. Rosa DeLauro( D-Conn .) said per CNN.
The intimated fund has little chance of drawing it into principle; the Trump administration has proposed similar pieces in previous years that didn’t pass when Republican limited the House. With Democrat now comprising the purse strings, it’s even less likely to pass.
But if the Special Olympics gashes were enacted, more than 10 percent of the organization’s receipt would be impacted.
Rep. Mark Pocan( D-Wis .) requested DeVos how many kids would be affected by the proposed Special Olympics gashes.
DeVos said she didn’t know.
“It’s 272,000 kids, ” he responded.
DeVos admitted that the Special Olympics was an “awesome organization” but noted that it also been supported from philanthropic groups. DeVos, a billionaire, even donated a portion of her salary to the organization last year. More than 2 years ago, she met with Special Olympics athletes and shared this image on Twitter:
This week, that old-time portrait received many brand-new answers: