Pence To Promote USMCA in Upcoming Central PA Visit
Vice President Mike Pence is returning to south central Pennsylvania on Thursday to promote President Donald Trump’s proposed USMCA trade pact.
Pence will be joining the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and The Manitowoc Company in Shady Grove to urge Congress to support Trump’s new trade deal, which aims at replacing NAFTA.
In a tweet Wednesday morning, Pence said he was excited to visit the state and urge members of Congress to pass the piece of legislation, which he says will benefit Pennsylvania and workers across the country.
“The #USMCA is a trade deal for the 21st century and Congress must pass it so that it can benefit not only those in the great state of PA but hard-working Americans across the country!” Pence said in a tweet.
Excited to visit Manitowoc Cranes and @AEMAdvisor tomorrow in Pennsylvania! The #USMCA is a trade deal for the 21st century and Congress must pass it so that it can benefit not only those in the great state of PA but hard-working Americans across the country!
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) July 31, 2019
This is Pence’s second visit this summer in south central PA to boost the proposed trade pact. 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.
Despite the push to ratchet up support for the trade deal, Pennsylvania’s GOP Senator has been a vocal critic of USMCA. Sen. Pat Toomey has voiced his opposition in recent months to the current form of the USMCA and spoke out against it as recently as yesterday.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tamari reports that yesterday Toomey was rallying against the deal.
“If we adopt this agreement it will be the 1st time that I know of in the history of the republic that we will agree to a new trade agreement that is designed to diminish trade,” Toomey said, while speaking in front of a USMCA>NAFTA sign, Tamari reports.
“If we adopt this agreement it will be the 1st time that I know of in the history of the republic that we will agree to a new trade agreement that is designed to diminish trade” – Pat Toomey (R, Pa) today pic.twitter.com/rK9XAZJAI9
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) July 30, 2019
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and Republican Party on Pence’s upcoming visit.