Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse continued his month-long jobs tour of the state in Bristol Tuesday, visiting Bristol Boat Company, a locally owned and operated small business with a 30-year history of building and renovating boats.
“Boat manufacturers and marine trades and industries are an important part of our Rhode Island economy, particularly here in the East Bay,” Whitehouse said in a release. “I’m going to keep fighting for legislation in the Senate that helps our manufacturers compete and create jobs, and it was great to hear from Bristol Boat today about what they need to succeed and grow.”
During his jobs tour, Whitehouse said he is aiming to hear from small business owners and employees about what they need to succeed in this tough economy. Whitehouse said he is fight for a series of job-creation initiatives in the Senate, listing tax breaks for businesses that hire, ending tax policies that reward companies for sending jobs overseas, and cracking down on currency manipulation by China that puts American manufacturers at an unfair disadvantage.
Danie Shea., Jr., founder and owner of Bristol Boat, showed Whitehouse around and told him about the company's mission
“Boatbuilding ingenuity and fine trade work are part of Rhode Island’s DNA,” Shea said. “There isn't a day in the shop that something really special does not happen or come together just because of where we work and live.”
More details about Whitehouse’s job-creation initiatives are available at www.whitehouse.senate.gov/jobstour.