Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin Proposes Made in America Shipbuilding Act

Ryan Juntti
Updated: February 21, 2018 08:20 AM

SUPERIOR - Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin proposed her Made in America Shipbuilding Act on Tuesday in Superior that would support the shipbuilding and manufacturing industries.

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She spoke in front of people at Superior-Lidgerwood-Mundy about the proposed legislation, which would require any vessel that was paid for with U.S. tax dollars to be made with American parts and by American workers.

Baldwin says she is proposing the legislation because she was surprised by how many components of ships come from overseas.

"I just truly believe that when we are using taxpayer dollars, we should be using American steel, American iron, American aluminum, and American workers," said Baldwin.

She says there are a lot of manufacturers in Wisconsin that contribute to the defense efforts, and to government agencies, like the workers at Superior-Lidgerwood-Mundy.

"We have been a proud supplier to the United States Navy for 150 years, we were supplying equipment," said Kent Phillips, Superior-Lidgerwood-Mundy president.

Phillips says he supports the legislation because having more equipment for Navy vessels made in the United States would help small businesses like his grow.

"This gives small companies like ours hopefully, a greater, more level playing field and a greater chance to supply our products to more parts of the government," said Phillips.

Baldwin says at one time in Wisconsin, there was only one company capable of producing diesel engines in a state where she says 20 percent of the workforce is engaged in manufacturing.

"We're a state that makes things," said Baldwin. "We gotta support that, we gotta support those workers," she said.  

The proposal is going to be introduced in front of Congress when they return to session next week. As of right now, there is no word of any Republican opposition to the proposal.


Ryan Juntti

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