GOP senator says Special Olympics cuts will not be approved

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Graham says he's 'not interested' in Mueller testifying MORE (R-Mo.), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that determines Department of Education funding levels, on Wednesday rejected the Trump administration's proposed cuts to the Special Olympics.

"I’m a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics and proud that Missouri is home to the largest Special Olympics training facility in the world," Blunt said in a statement.

"I was just at the World Games and saw, as I have many times before, what a huge impact the organization has on athletes, their families, and their communities. Our Department of Education appropriations bill will not cut funding for the program," he added. 

Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosThe 7 most interesting nuggets from the Mueller report Blackwater founder Erik Prince helped fund effort tied to obtaining Clinton's emails GOP lawmaker calls for investigation into alleged 'anti-Israeli bias' at Duke-UNC conference MORE has come under fire recently for her agency's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes $18 million in federal funding cuts to the Special Olympics.

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DeVos has defended what she calls "difficult decisions," saying that while she supports the organization, it raises more than $100 million every year in private donations.

"Given our current budget realities, the federal government cannot fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations," she said Wednesday. 

DeVos’s proposed 2020 budget would decrease overall funding for her department by 12 percent.

The budget proposal already had a slim chance of being approved by the Democrat-controlled House.