Engel On Trump Admin. Decision to Cut Funding for Special Olympics

Engel On Trump Admin. Decision to Cut Funding for Special Olympics

Washington, D.C.–Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement in response to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ testimony yesterday, wherein she defended the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to funding for the Special Olympics:

“If anyone still thought Betsy DeVos was qualified to be Education Secretary, they should watch yesterday’s horrific performance before a House Appropriations Subcommittee. The Secretary was not just unprepared; she was unsympathetic to the millions of people she is hurting with her proposed budget cuts, especially the proposed $18 million cut in federal funding for the Special Olympics.

“Proposing this cut is beyond belief and speaks to the utter lack of decency this Administration exhibits every day. But it’s even more than just a heartless budget cut. This is the last 40 years of GOP ‘fiscal policy’ in a nutshell. The Republicans give $1.5 trillion dollars to corporations and the ultra-wealthy in the form of tax cuts, then turn around and tell the Special Olympics, ‘Sorry, we need our $18 million back. Belt tightening.’ Secretary DeVos herself said yesterday, ‘We had to make some difficult decisions’ when it came to the Special Olympics. How dare you say that to those athletes and their families, after giving more than a trillion dollars away to your wealthy friends? How dare you ask them to pay for your tax cut?

“We need to confront the fact that it isn’t just the wealth gap that’s growing exponentially in America today. There’s a human empathy gap, too. And these two issues are not mutually exclusive.”