Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos facing backlash after proposing to cut to federal funding for the Special Olympics, however, President Donald Trump overriding his staff and approving the funding.
Just before 5pm, the president saying they will be funding the Special Olympics.
The Special Olympics have been held now for more than 50 years.
DeVos was proposing to cut the almost $18 million allocated to the Special Olympics, DeVos saying, “we had to make tough choices and decisions around the budget priorities.” However, her proposed idea met with much backlash from Senators to celebrities.
Just a little bit ago, Trump saying the Special Olympics will be funded. “I just told my people I want to fund the Special Olympics. I have overridden my people.”
Much of the funding for the event comes from private donors, around 90%. The Trump Administration proposing to cut $7 million from the Education Department.
President and CEO of Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Matthew Aaron, said they were incredibly disappointed earlier today
The Special Olympics will be funded. I just told my people. I want to fund the Special Olympics. I have just authorized the funding. I have been to the Special Olympics, I think it is incredible and I just authorized it. I heard about it this morning and I have overridden my people. We’re funding the Special Olympics.”
The Barber National Institute’s Director of Giving Laura Schaaf saying these events are needed. “It helps people with special needs to feel a sense of belonging.”
However, this is not the first time cutting the funding has been proposed. Just like what happened today, the funding pulling through and being allocated.