Special Olympics will be funded, Trump declared, reversing his administration's previous stance


On Tuesday, as Pocan began to question DeVos about the Special Olympics specifically, she cut in: "Let me just say again we had to make some hard decisions with this budget". The network's Kenny Mayne declared on Twitter, "Our family supports Special Olympics" and added that the same went for "the company I work for". "This is like the most ridiculous budget cut, one-sided bulls**t that could ever be done", Big Show says.

"We had to make some hard decisions with this budget", said Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.

LGBTQ advocates are once again pouncing on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for refusing to directly answer a question about whether she opposed discrimination against students based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. She drew attention to the $13.2 billion in state grants, along with an additional $226 million for grants supporting teacher training and research to help students with disabilities.

Congress made its stance on that request pretty clear and one year later, in its fiscal 2019 budget request, the department asked Congress to eliminate $12.6 million in funding for the same program.

According to 2017 figures from Special Olympics, the organization generated almost $110 million in annual revenue.

"And to take money away from Special Olympics, at the same time Betsy DeVos has a 15 percent increase in executive salary pays in her budget, makes no sense whatsoever".

Trump can not authorize funding for the Special Olympics, as that power lies with Congress, per Axios.

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In a statement responding to criticism, DeVos said she "loves" the organization's work and has "personally supported its mission". A day earlier, he voiced support for funding Special Olympics.

During the meeting, Democrat Mark Pocan asked DeVos whether she knew how many children would be affected by slashing the budget for the Special Olympics. We don't want to see any cuts come to it.

"The Special Olympics is not a federal program", she concluded. "Congress - particularly the House - will, on a bipartisan basis, eat the Secretary's Special Olympics proposal for lunch".

Matt Wolking, the newly appointed deputy director of communications for Trump's 2020 campaign, accused Democrats of seeing "abortion as the cure for Down syndrome and other disabilities".

The organization is largely funded by corporate and private donations.

She said the administration emphasized maintaining funding for higher-priority programs, such as major initiatives that support schools with low-income children and special-education services in schools.

Special Olympics has a global revenue of $429 million, according to a Washington Post story, which includes significant corporate contributions and other philanthropic gifts.