Vice President Pence stopped in Cedar Rapids to speak at Rockwell Collins

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Vice President Mike Pence spoke in Cedar Rapids on July 11 as part of a two state swing to rally support for the president's policies.

He told employees at Rockwell Collins that the Trump Administration's agenda is working. He specifically highlighted how he believes tax reform will help Iowa families.

Pence says the tax reform will save families thousands of dollars a year. The plan doubles how much money parents get for child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000. Married couples also don't have to pay income taxes on their first 24,000 in yearly salaries.

"We actually believe the typical family of four here in Iowa is going to save $2,500 a year once all the tax cuts take effect and we eliminated the death tax for nearly every American farmer," Pence said.

Pence also told this crowd businesses are investing millions of dollars because of federal tax reform. The Vice President says corporations are expanding business production with the money saved from federal taxes.

Critics say the real winners are the wealthy and shareholders.

Then in Pence's 15 minute speech, he pivoted to trade.

"We've forged new trade deals to expand American pork exports to Argentina, beef exports to Brazil and for the first time in 13 years American beef is going to China," Pence said.

He says the administration is working to lower trade barriers for American companies. This as the US gets closer to a trade war by adding tariffs on metal imports, like steel, from parts of Europe, Canada and Mexico.

After the events at Rockwell, Pence also held a fundraiser for Congressman Rod Blum. That event was not open to the media.

Blum is expected to face a tough race for District 1 against Abby Finkenauer.

In a statement, Finkenauer said, "Blum continues to put politics over Iowans and we literally can no longer afford his lack of leadership."