Biden travels to Maine to highlight manufacturing jobs

President Joe Biden traveled to Maine on Friday for the latest in a series of speeches touting "Bidenomics," a term he has embraced for his economic agenda, this time focusing on manufacturing jobs.

He also signed an executive order aiming to prioritize American innovation and manufacturing, which the White House is summarizing with the slogan "Invent it here, make it here."

The executive order will increase incentives for manufacturing inventions that are supported by federal money in the United States, according to a White House fact sheet.

"I'm not here to declare victory on the economy. We have more work to do, but we have a plan for turning things around," Biden said during his speech. "Bidenomics is just another way of saying 'restoring the American dream.'"

After delivering remarks, Biden went to shake audience members’ hands instead of signing the executive order at the desk on stage.

“I’m coming back to shake your hand, but I forgot I didn’t sign the order,” Biden said to laughter after about five minutes of talking with audience members. “All that talk and no action. Alright, I’m signing the executive order.”

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The event took place at Auburn Manufacturing Inc., a textile manufacturer that a White House official says is "experiencing double-digit growth as a result of this President’s Investing in America agenda." It was Biden's first trip to Maine as president, the White House said.

Biden won the state in 2020. He received 52.8% of the vote in Auburn, where he spoke on Friday.

In his remarks, Biden also responded to Speaker Kevin McCarthy's, R-Calif., suggestion this week that the House could be justified in starting an impeachment probe against him.

"Earlier this week The Washington Post suggested Republicans may have to find something else to criticize me for now that inflation is coming down," Biden said, referring to an economic policy article.

"Maybe they'll decide to impeach me because [inflation's] coming down. I don't know," he quipped.

Following his remarks, the president traveled to Freeport, Maine, for a campaign reception.


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