Pence to Promote USMCA in Luzerne County
Vice President Mike Pence is heading back to Pennsylvania on Monday to promote President Donald Trump’s proposed USMCA trade pact.
On Monday, Pence will be visiting Schott North America Inc., in Duryea for a private event, that is only open to employees and invited guests, according to The Times Leader. Reps. Fred Keller (R-Snyder) and Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne) are also expected to be in attendance for the official visit.
Pence has made multiple trips in the state to tout the Trump administration proposed trade pact. His most recent visit to the state was in early August on an official visit pushing the trade proposal at a crane facility in Franklin County. In a tweet leading up to the August visit, he called the USMCA a “trade deal for the 21st century” and that it would “benefit not only those in the great state of PA but hard-working Americans across the country!”
In early June, Pence visited a manufacturing facility in York County with a few members of the state’s congressional delegation before he headlined a state party dinner in Camp Hill, where he talked about the importance of retaining the state in 2020 and touted the Trump administration’s trade and border policies.
The next week is shaping up to be busy with notable 2020 hopefuls in the state. On Sunday, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be in Philadelphia for two fundraisers. On Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden, who recently received a number of endorsements from several Lackawanna and Luzerne County elected officials, will be in Scranton for a finance event. President Donald Trump will also be making an official visit to the state on Wednesday to provide the keynote address at the annual Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh.
Lots of 2020 names in PA next week:
Sunday – Buttigieg in Philly for two fundraisers
Monday – Pence in NEPA (official event on USMCA)
Tuesday – Biden in Scranton for fundraiser
— Laura Olson (@lauraolson) October 18, 2019
The Times Leader reports that then-Sen. Barack Obama also visited the SCHOTT facility during the 2008 presidential campaign.
This story was updated to confirm that Rep. Fred Keller is expected to be in attendance as well.