Awning, a popular tourist attraction at the popular beach resort of Palm Beach, Florida, has become a symbol of the national debate over President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts.
The Awnling, located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in a large outdoor pool, has been a popular destination for many people in the area since the late 1970s, when it opened to the public.
The Trump Administration’s budget proposal would cut federal programs, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, and eliminate programs like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Trump is currently attempting to pass the budget with a simple majority vote in the Senate, and if he is successful, it will be signed into law by President Donald J. Trump.
In recent weeks, local and national political figures have made a point of speaking out against the cuts.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has been one of the most vocal supporters of the cuts, while the National Nurses United, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other progressive organizations have also spoken out against them.
In a letter to the President on March 15, the group of mayors of Palm Beaches, a local governing body of Palm Island, Florida wrote:We do not believe that the proposed cuts to the National Parks, National Institutes, and National Science Foundations will make any impact on the unique nature of our community, and we do not think they are the right way to go.
However, we respectfully urge you to not let the loss of these important programs in the wake of this budget pass.
A spokesperson for the White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Awning’s owner, Paul R. Vales, told Breitbart News the budget cuts will not affect the popularity of the attraction.
“It’s not going to affect our revenue,” he said.
“It’s going to be a temporary effect, it’s going the wrong direction.
The budget is the problem.
It’s going in the wrong way.””
We’ve had an unbelievable success.
We’ve had a lot of people come in and see us,” Vales added.
“The people who come here don’t want to go back.”
The White House has released a budget blueprint, which states the Trump Administration will propose a $1.8 trillion budget deficit in 2019.
In addition to eliminating programs like FEMA and the Environmental Protections Agency, the budget proposes to cut the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Food and Drug Administration, and a host of other federal agencies.
Trump’s budget has been met with widespread opposition from local residents, including members of the Palm Beach Police Department, who have called it “disgraceful” and a “complete disaster.”
The mayor of Palm-Beaches, Brian Clements, said the proposed budget will only make things worse.
“They are cutting programs and they are going to cut services, but we are going into a recession, and it’s not a good time to cut people off from their jobs,” Clements said.
The President also reportedly has other plans for his budget, which include a plan to cut $200 million from the Department of Homeland Security, the agency responsible for protecting the country from terrorist attacks.
The proposal was also reportedly met with criticism from some in Congress, as the President has been very vocal about his desire to cut DHS funding.