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Eva Longoria Denounces Budget Cuts for Intellectual Disabilities

March 3, 2011 (3:29 am) GMT
Joined by her mentally-challenged sister, the actress addressed a crowd in her native Texas about the importance of IDD program.

"" star showed her support for her native Texas by speaking out against planned budget cuts at a rally on Tuesday, March 1. The actress addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 in San Antonio to denounce proposed cuts to services for people with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD).

Longoria, who co-founded a programme for those with IDD in San Antonio, argued that the community will suffer if state authorities slash funding. The star told her fellow Texans, "When I heard about the budget cuts in Texas, I was outraged, personally hurt. We need those in Austin to hear us loud and clear - this is not OK!"

She was joined at the event by her mentally challenged sister Liza, before meeting with state legislators to discuss the controversial cuts.

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