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‘Cruel’: Democrats Slam Betsy DeVos for Deep Budget Cuts — Including Killing Funding for the Special Olympics

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Betsy DeVos, secretary of education under the Trump Administration, is facing strong criticism from Democrats after defending proposed cuts to the United States’ Department of Education budget—including the elimination of $18 million for Special Olympics.

Addressing a Democrat-led subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives, DeVos defended a budget proposal that would cut about 10% of the current Department of Education budget and reduce it by almost $7 billion. DeVos, meanwhile, has proposed adding $60 million to fund charter schools.

In a prepared statement, DeVos told the House subcommittee, “We are not doing our children any favors when we borrow from their future in order to invest in systems and policies that are not yielding better results.” But her argument didn’t win over Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee on education.

DeLauro angrily asserted, “I believe this budget is cruel, and I believe that it is reckless. I believe that it will hurt the middle class and working, low-income families that most need our help.”

DeLauro also told DeVos, “I do not understand how you can support this budget and be the secretary of education. This budget underfunds education at every turn.”

Sen. Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, has been equally critical of DeVos’ proposals. Earlier this month, Murray complained, “Secretary DeVos is proposing gutting investments in students, teachers, public schools, and even school safety—all to make room for her extreme privatization proposal that no one asked for.”

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Kayleigh McEnany Says Trump ‘Very Likely’ Will Nominate New Supreme Court Justice Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Buried

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says President Donald Trump will announce his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, mostly likely by Tuesday. The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court. The date of her funeral, which will be a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, has not even been announced yet.

Asked if the nomination would be announced “before Wednesday,” she replied, “I think that’s very likely.”

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Monday morning also hinted the announcement would come Tuesday.

 

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Trump Says He Will Make SCOTUS Nomination Next Week – Appears He Will Use Seat to Strengthen Where He Is Weak in Polls

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President Donald Trump says he will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “next week.”

He made clear his primary deciding factors will be to help him in the polls.

Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon “most likely” he will choose a woman.

CNN reports he is leaning towards choosing a woman mostly because he is doing poorly in the polls with women.

Trump spoke about two women judges. He talked about Barbara Lagoa, noting she is Hispanic and from Florida. He is struggling in the polls with Hispanics and in Florida.

Reporters also asked about Amy Coney Barrett, a far right wing anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ extremist. Trump spoke positively about her as well. Reports say she is the current frontrunner.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Trump: Republicans Must Fill Supreme Court Seat ‘Without Delay’

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President Donald Trump Saturday morning, barely 12 hours after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, announced his intention to fill her seat “without delay.”

The president said the Republican Party has been handed the “position of power and importance” to make decisions for those who elected them.

“We have this obligation,” he insisted, ignoring his obligation to balance decision-making by remembering he is president of the entire country, not just the red states.

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