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U.S. Education Secretary defends proposed $9bn education cut

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced some intense questioning on Capitol Hill on Tuesday about President Donald Trump's goal of cutting $9 billion from the department.

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DeVos appeared before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies to defend the proposed budget cut.

Democrats on the panel peppered the education chief with questions about why the president wants to take the money from the department -- including a $1.2 billion cut from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which supports after-school programs for children.

DeVos said fewer than half of U.S. students who qualify are using the program.

"That data may be true nationwide, but that data is not true in New Hampshire," Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said. "So why are you going to make the students in New Hampshire suffer for the fact that there are programs in some places that aren't working as well as they should?"

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