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Trump backs off Special Olympics funding cut

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says he is backing off a budget request to cut funding for the Special Olympics, after days of criticism.

told reporters at the Thursday, "I've overridden my people for funding the Special "

The administration's education budget proposal calls for the elimination of $17.6 million in funding for the Special Olympics, roughly 10 percent of the group's overall revenue.

Democrats pressed on the topic during a budget hearing Thursday, just days after House Democrats grilled her on the proposal and sparked

DeVos said she "wasn't personally involved" in pushing for elimination of the funding, but she defended it as her agency seeks to cut $7 billion from the 2020 budget.

is facing a new round of scrutiny over a proposal to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, a cut that lawmakers say is unlikely to be approved.

Democrats are pressing DeVos on the topic during a budget hearing, just after House Democrats grilled her on the proposal and sparked a wave of

DeVos says she "wasn't personally involved" in pushing for elimination of the funding, but she is defending it as her agency seeks to cut $7 billion for the 2020 budget.

Illinois Sen. says "someone has to accept responsibility for a bad decision.

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First Published: Fri, March 29 2019. 02:50 IST
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