US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is spending three days in Wisconsin this week, carrying a message that tries to help the state’s Democrats in next month’s election.
One of Walsh’s stops was Thursday at the Ingeteam plant in Milwaukee. The Spanish company manufactures wind turbine components in the Menomonee Valley.
Walsh toured the plant with Democratic Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Gwen Moore. Walsh paused to talk about the recently passed Cut Inflation Act, which provides tax credits and other features aimed at expanding the manufacturing and use of cleaner forms of energy.
“At the end of the day, this is the biggest – I mean you (Baldwin and Moore) know this because you’ve done it – the biggest investment in clean energy and the environment that we’ve ever had. had in this country. So this bill does a lot of good things on the one hand. On the other hand, it creates tons of jobs. It helps reduce the deficit,” Walsh said.
Walsh also touted the recently passed CHIPS and Science Act, which aims to boost domestic manufacturing of semiconductors and other technologies, and the bipartisan Infrastructure Act passed last fall.
At a press conference, WUWM asked Walsh about Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who voted against the measures, saying they add too much government spending.
Walsh responded that the bills help Wisconsin.
“I congratulate the elected officials who stand behind me, and I congratulate every member of Congress who voted for these bills. These bills are forward-looking. They are intended to help the United States move forward. They’re about creating an infrastructure to make sure we can win the future. Win the future against China. Win the future in manufacturing,” Walsh said.
Johnson’s Democratic opponent in the November election, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, was not on the Ingeteam tour. A spokesperson for the Johnson campaign argued that the Cut Inflation Act increased inflation and that Barnes would be a “rubber stamp for even more reckless spending that hurts hard-working taxpayers.”
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