VP Pence to visit Franklin County, push for Canada-Mexico trade agreement support

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Posted: Aug 1, 2019 / 04:41 AM EDT Updated: Aug 1, 2019 / 05:19 PM EDT

SHADY GROVE, Pa. (WHTM) – Vice President Mike Pence visited central Pennsylvania on Thursday for the second time since June and called on Congress to pass a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Pence spoke to more than 1,000 Manitowoc employees at the company’s facility in Shady Grove. He said President Donald Trump’s new trade deal between the North American countries would save manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania.

Manitowoc builds cranes, lifts, and boom trucks.

President Trump’s United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement but still needs congressional approval.

“This president said when we were out campaigning three years ago, said we could do better. He said we could renegotiate that deal in a way that put American jobs and America first, and that’s what we’ve done with the USMCA,” Pence said.

Pence spoke in support of the trade agreement during a June visit to a York-based robotics company, JLS Automation.