Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) tore into Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after DeVos proposed budget cuts to programs including the Special Olympics and others that support low-income students.
“The three education budgets from this administration have proposed the largest cuts to education funding in four decades. That’s since the department was created in 1979,” said DeLauro, who chairs the Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee, at a hearing on DeVos’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
“Madam Secretary, I have to say, and maybe it’s offensive: Shame on you. I do not understand how you can support this budget and be the secretary of education. This budget under-funds education at every turn.”
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) March 27, 2019
The budget proposal has a slim chance of being approved under a Democratic-led House, but it earned significant criticism for the cuts to the Special Olympics program.
Many agreed with DeLauro’s assessment.
Shame on her for cutting special ed programs in school because she doesn’t think kids like my daughter with autism are worth it my daughter started in the school district at 2 and is now 17 and will soon go to the transition program which will hopefully lead to self sufficiency!
— renee dale (@rendale) March 27, 2019
What not say “people” or “Americans” slammed Betsy DeVos for the cuts? I’m sure if you polled this it would be the majority POV across the board. Help build bridges rather than contribute to the divide (and it would be more honest as well).
— Angela (@AngelaDorer1) March 27, 2019
Never ceases to amaze us. She is not the person to be in that position, or any other political office. She is not knowledgeable of her duties.
— babsknowswhat (@babsknowswhat) March 27, 2019
Well said @rosadelauro! The department charged with making the US education system the best it can be should not be taking away from the most vulnerable! It’s outrageous!
— Stephanie Keegan (@warsnotover) March 27, 2019
This entire administration should be ashamed. Unfortunately their gilded world is immune to shame, remorse or empathy.
— Sandy B (@sandy_b_good) March 27, 2019
DeVos says the cuts were necessary.
“We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget,” DeVos said. “I think the Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is supported by the philanthropic sector as well.”
When asked by Representative Marc Pocan (D-WI) if she knew “how many kids are going to affected” by the $18 million cut, DeVos responded that she did not know.
“I’ll answer it for you, that’s OK, no problem,” he said. “It’s 272,000 kids that are affected.”