Trump reverses proposal to cut federal funding for Special Olympics

He is also the leader of the official US delegation to the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which wrapped up last week in Abu Dhabi, and sponsored "The Special Olympics Sport Empowerment Act" in 2004 to authorize federal support for the program.

A department spokeswoman says DeVos supports the organization and has donated to it in the past.

"Regardless of what her view of the state of current law is, this should be an easy answer for any adult who believes no child should feel unsafe or unwelcome in their schools and communities".

The Mighty has reached out to DeVos' office and the Special Olympics and has yet to hear back.

ESPN's Kenny Mayne tweeted: "Our family supports Special Olympics".

The debate is likely to extend into the presidential campaign, with Democrats already contrasting this proposed cut against tax breaks benefiting the wealthiest Americans.

She replied: 'Supporting children with special needs, we have continued to hold that funding at a level amount and in the context of a budget proposal that is a 10 per cent reduction'.

Special Olympics chairman Timothy Shriver expressed disappointment with the proposal, saying the organization does critical work in schools to help educate youths "about the importance of an inclusive mindset to the future of the country". "When I was chair of the House Budget [Committee], we worked to balance the budget & these types of programs were off limits - for good reason".

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In addition to questioning DeVos on her stance on LGBTQ issues, Pocan also noted her support for charter schools, despite what he said was a "25% failure rate", as well as her decision to cut Special Olympics funding in order to pay for more charter schools.

The Special Olympics' 2017 annual report, the latest available on its website, says the group received a total of $148 million in revenue that year, including $15.5 million from federal grants.

"The Special Olympics is not a federal program", she concluded.

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". Overall, DeVos proposed a 12 percent decrease in funding for her department for fiscal year 2020. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) called DeVos's plan "cruel", "misguided", and "outrageous". You zero that out.

"How can you support this budget?" Pocan asked. "I'm trying to get a yes-or-no, I guess, on that".

The proposed budget cut also was criticized by State Senate President Steve Sweeney, who called it "sad" and "inexcusable and unacceptable" to use the money to fill budget holes. "That's since the department was created in 1979", according to CNN.

"Do you know how many kids are going to be affected by that cut?" Because of its important work, it is able to raise more than $100 million every year.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen.

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