Betsy DeVos is facing sharp pushback over a proposal to cut federal funding
to the Special Olympics.
politicians and activists have taken to social media to rebuke DeVos for her
plan to cut funding for the group as part of $7 billion in reductions in
2020. The organization received $17.6 million from the Education Department
this year, but DeVos says it should be supported through philanthropy.
grilled DeVos in a budget hearing Tuesday, with Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.,
calling the cut “appalling.”
Others calling on
DeVos to rethink the decision include former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a
Republican, and Julie Foudy, former captain of the U.S. women’s soccer team.