Spending cuts pose threat to Special Olympics

by Garry Watts March 29, 2019, 1:56
Spending cuts pose threat to Special Olympics

It said if Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' proposal that her department eliminate all spending on Special Olympics were approved, it would impact about 250 schools state-wide, fifty of which are in Detroit.

"I think that the Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is well supported by the philanthropic sector as well", DeVos responded.

"We've had to make some hard decisions", DeVos declared.

Instead, Secretary Devos says private donors should step up and foot the bill.

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.

Sweeney got the backing of the New Jersey State PBA, whose members are heavily involved in Special Olympics. While the top Republican education official testified that she personally "loves" the Special Olympics' work and has "personally supported its mission", she also pointed out that the private organization raises $100 million a year on its own.

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

During a House hearing Tuesday, DeVos herself acknowledged that the Democrat-controlled chamber would likely reject the cuts, though she contended that her department had to "make some hard decisions".

"The Special Olympics will be funded", Trump said.

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"Then when you look at the students who just go to the games to support them; and schools that participate in other (unified) programs, you're reaching tens of thousands of students in Maine", Bird said.

Durbin countered that it would be shameful to pull support for the Special Olympics, saying "someone has to accept responsibility for a bad decision".

"If the federal government has a role to support that, it ought to be investing in kids with special needs", he said. "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".

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities.

"The Special Olympics is not a federal program". Fun fact: President Trump reportedly spent more than $2 million redecorating the White House. "Given our current budget realities, the federal government can not fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations".

On Thursday, before a Senate committee, DeVos once again defended the budget cuts to Special Olympics.

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".

Negandhi also posted photos of some Special Olympics participants and noted how their lives had been affected.

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