Trump backs off cutting Special Olympics funding

Posted March 29, 2019

Hetty Rosenstein, state director of the Communications Workers of America, said she regrets her tweet, in which she responded to a NBC News story about the Trump administration proposing to eliminate funding for Special Olympics by saying she hoped DeVos "dies a terrible frightful death", according to the New Jersey Globe, which captured the tweet. Currently, the Special Olympics gets approximately 12 percent of its funding from the government, with the remainder of the $124 million annual income (as of 2017) coming from donations. DeVos defended her choices before a congressional committee yesterday saying, "We had to make some hard decisions".

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to testify before the Senate Appropriations subommittee at 10 a.m. EST.

"Whoever came up with that idea at OMB gets a Special Olympic medal for insensitivity", Durbin blasted.

According to 2017 figures from Special Olympics, the organization generated almost $110 million in annual revenue. "I have given a portion of my salary to Special Olympics".

"The power of sports lies in the ability to instill & inspire positive change - & that's at the core of what [the Special Olympics] does", tweeted Tony Reali, host of ESPN's Around the Horn.

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/NewscomThis isn't the first year that DeVos called for cuts to the Special Olympics and there is very little reason to believe the reductions will go through.

Wolking, from the Trump campaign, and DeVos noted that Special Olympics is not a government program and that it benefits from private support.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Kennedy's great aunt and the sister of President John F. Kennedy, founded the Special Olympics, which hosted its inaugural event in the summer of 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

"I'll answer it for you, that's okay, no problem", Rep. Mark Pocan replied.

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities. "Our Department of Education appropriations bill will not cut funding for the program". "No cutting Special Olympics".

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended eliminating federal funding to the Special Olympics on Tuesday.

Devos appeared in front of lawmakers on Tuesday to review the Education Department's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. "But given our current budget realities, the federal government can not fund every worthy program, particularly the ones that enjoy robust support from private donations". It's a private organization.

Trump's proposed budget still needs congressional approval.

On social media, some ESPN employees spoke out in dismay about the proposed slashing to the Special Olympics, according to the Washington Post.

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