More than 700 new jobs are coming to Marinette. That's what Vice President Mike Pence told us while he stopped in Northeast Wisconsin Wednesday.
Pence told shipyard employees at Fincantieri Marinette Marine that we're on our way to a 350 ship navy, in part thanks to these men and women. He adds that President Trump has proposed $750 billion toward the defense budget.
“The budget also includes largest the ship building budget request for the United States Navy in 20 years,” Pence said.
For employee Gary Ihde he said it's great to hear, especially as Fincantieri looks to hire around 700 new employees and invest $100s
"Long term job security, along with job growth for next generation, that’s what we’re talking about is the legacy,” Ihde said. “Not just my generation, but my son's generation and the generations after."
Vice President Pence took a tour of the latest combat ship being constructed, the LCS 23 Cooperstown. He was joined by Congressman Mike Gallagher and Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia; both made remarks during Wednesday’s visit as well.
Pence also touted the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Trade agreement in helping level the playing field for American workers, and creating more jobs for the future.
"The time has come for democrats in Congress to put politics aside, put America first and pass the USMCA,” Pence said.
Democrats responded to the Vice President's visit, criticizing what they call the administration's 'broken promises' on healthcare and the economy.
"He has told us these things again and again. He has promised us this is what he will do, and he has broken every promise,” said Randy Scannell, the alderperson for District 7 in Green Bay.