Trump’s administration backs off from cut in funds for the Special Olympics (Updated)

epa07469008 US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the proposed 2020 budget for the Education Department on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 28 March 2019. Secretary DeVos has taken criticism for a budget cut of 18 million dollars for the Special Olympics. EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW

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President Donald Trump says he is backing off a budget request to cut funding for the Special Olympics, after days of criticism.

Trump told reporters at the White House Thursday, “I’ve overridden my people for funding the Special Olympics.”

The Trump administration’s education budget proposal calls for the elimination of $17.6 million in funding for the Special Olympics, roughly 10 percent of the group’s overall revenue.

Democrats pressed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on the topic during a Senate budget hearing Thursday, just days after House Democrats grilled her on the proposal and sparked criticism online.

DeVos said she “wasn’t personally involved” in pushing for elimination of the funding, but she defended it as her agency seeks to cut $7 billion from the 2020 budget.

Via AP

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