Nita Lowey: Education cuts proposed by Trump officials who 'never had to worry' about paying for school

Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., criticized the Trump administration's education budget on Wednesday by saying it was written by privileged administration officials who could easily afford college for their kids, unlike millions of other Americans.

"This budget reflects the views of an administration filled with people that, frankly, never had to worry about how they were going to pay for their children to go to college," Lowey told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a House Appropriations subcommittee. "And yet, I am most upset that this budget would undermine our public education system and the working families that depend on them."

Lowey also took a shot at DeVos directly.

"It's clear to me that you did not have the necessary understanding of our education system," Lowey said, referencing DeVos' previous comments on the public school system.

Lowey made those statements during a hearing on President Trump's 2018 budget for the department. Trump's fiscal blueprint, released Tuesday, cuts $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, from the Department of Education, which is the largest single-year percentage cut to the agency's discretionary budget since 1983.

The most significant cuts are to a program for teacher training and class-size reduction, and an after-school program.

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