The Trump Administration's budget plan would end federal funding for Special Olympics, a favorite charity of many law enforcement agencies and officer associations.
Trump’s proposed 2020 budget marked the third year that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed the cut, the Washington Post reports.
DeVos defended the proposal, saying Special Olympics benefits from private philanthropic support.
“The Special Olympics is not a federal program. It’s a private organization. I love its work, and I have personally supported its mission,” she said in a statement Wednesday. “There are dozens of worthy nonprofits that support students and adults with disabilities that don’t get a dime of federal grant money. But given our current budget realities, the federal government cannot fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations.”
“Trump and DeVos want to slash education spending and defund the Special Olympics after giving tax breaks to the top 1%. Unbelievable,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said on Twitter. “When we are in the White House we will get our national priorities straight.”