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Mar 28, 2019

Trump Swamp: Special Olympics Proposal Isn’t The Only Bad DeVos Headline This Week

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos found herself on the wrong end of a wave of public outrage this week in response to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, in which the DeVos-led Education Department requested no federal money at all for the Special Olympics. In a statement Wednesday following a fiery hearing before the House Appropriations Committee, DeVos angrily blamed members of the media who’ve “spun up falsehoods” before admitting that, yes, she proposed gutting government funding for the non-profit organization. Trump’s budget, like every President’s, is largely a political document. In fact, the Republican senator who would be in a position to cut that funding — Roy Blunt (R-MO), chair of the Senate subcommittee that decides this budget line — forcefully said Wednesday that Congress would not be doing so. DeVos has made the same unfulfilled request three years in a row. Let’s look at what DeVos has succeeded in doing: As Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) highlighted in the same hearing,…

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