Schumer Criticizes Trump Over School Budget Cuts

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is promising to fight President Trump over proposed cuts to school safety.

Schumer said the president’s budget slashes $425 million for a number of school safety and mental health programs.  This comes after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“Unbelievable.  At a time when the nation is worried about how to protect our kids from future violence, the Department of Education is proposing deep cuts in the very programs that prevent violence,” Schumer said.

Many of the programs were put into place after the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  Among the programs impacted would be the “School Emergency Response to Violence Program,” which would be completely eliminated.

“School safety is one of the pillars of what the federal government should be supporting and to know that we have a budget pieced together that undermines the duty of the Department of Education on so many levels to prevent the next Parkland tragedy is nails on the chalkboard,” Schumer said.

The Senator said he’ll push for the funding cuts to be restored.

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