The chairman of the Special Olympics is firing back at Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosHillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records A brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats MORE after she cut all federal funding for the Special Olympics in her department’s proposed budget for fiscal 2020.

“The federal government, if it believes in full inclusion — and it does, our Constitution, our Declaration and our laws tell us we do — and if the federal government has a role to support that, it ought to be investing in kids with special needs," Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver said on MSNBC Wednesday.


“Give these young people the chance to shine, to tell their stories, as you’ve heard. The country is starving for this.”

DeVos defended her proposed cuts to the program’s funding Tuesday before a House subcommittee, saying she had to make “some difficult decisions” and noting that various philanthropic efforts also support the Special Olympics.

“While the philanthropic traditions we have of volunteerism and private support are important, we’re now in a new ballgame of trying to educate young people about the importance of an inclusive mindset to the future of the country,” Shriver said in response.

“Our schools are hungry for a different message. Our young people believe that everybody counts. They have not lost that hope and dream. The Special Olympics movement today is giving them a chance to live it out.”

Democratic lawmakers have also slammed the proposed cuts.

“We are living under an administration with no humanity,” Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Five things to watch for at Defense nominee's confirmation hearing MORE (N.Y.), one of several Democrats running for president, tweeted.