UPDATED 7:49 AM PT — Thursday, March 28, 2019
Chairman Roy Blunt of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee said proposed budget cuts to the Special Olympics will not be approved.
The Republican senator said he will not support cutting the program by $18 million as proposed by Secretary of Education Betsy Devos. The chairman said he is a long-time supporter of the Special Olympics, which is an athletic program for children with disabilities.
Devos said although she supports the organization, “difficult decisions” needed to be made. She said the program is able to raise enough money on its own.
“Supporting students with special needs – we have continued to hold that funding level…that funding at a level amount, and in the context of a budget proposal that is a 10-percent reduction,” explained the education secretary.
The plan pushed by Devos would cut overall funding for the Education Department by 12-percent.