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DeVos grilled on proposed Special Olympics cuts

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Foudy: $18 million cut can be 'soul-crushing' for Special Olympics (6:11)

Julie Foudy discusses the impact of the Department of Education's proposed $18 million budget cut on Special Olympics and its programs. (6:11)

A Wisconsin congressman grilled Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Tuesday over the Trump administration's initial budget proposal, which includes a cut of nearly $18 million to the Special Olympics.

The budget, presented earlier this month, calls for a 10 percent cut in the education department. That includes Special Olympics programs, which would be cut by $17.6 million.

"We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget," DeVos said when questioned by a House subcommittee.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) questioned DeVos on how many children would be affected.

"I don't know the number of kids," DeVos said. Pocan answered that the number was 272,000 children.

"I think Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is well supported by the philanthropic sector, as well," DeVos said.

Last year, Politico reported that DeVos donated a portion of her salary to the Special Olympics.

The initial budget presented by the president and his cabinet secretaries rarely passes as proposed. A year ago, the initial budget submitted cut $12.5 million from Special Olympics. The final budget did not cut funding.