Press Release ● Make It In America
For Immediate Release: 
April 3, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) announced the third “Make It In America Listening Tour,” which will travel to the Upper Midwest this week. The tour will stop in Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday and  in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Thursday. The first two listening tours, held in November and February, visited Las Vegas, Kansas City, Peoria, Pittsburgh, Toledo, and Indianapolis.

“For the third round of the Make It In America Listening Tour, I’m pleased to be traveling to the Upper Midwest,” said Whip Hoyer. “Sitting down with Americans across the country and hearing directly from them about what they want to see from their government is a critical part of our effort to show Americans that we are listening to their frustrations and we understand the economic insecurity they feel. Rather than imposing solutions from Washington, we need to listen to our fellow citizens in order to develop an economic plan that responds to their concerns and their hopes. As House Democrats work to ensure all Americans have a better deal, the listening sessions we have this week will provide us with information to develop an agenda that will promote economic security so that everyone can make it in America.”
The Make It In America plan is about identifying economic challenges and seizing new economic opportunities. House Democrats have pursued the Make It In America plan to create jobs and grow the economy since 2010, with 19 bills signed into law. In the last Congress, a series of hearings on the Hill identified the areas of entrepreneurship, education, and infrastructure as key areas to focus on in promoting economic security. The listening tour will continue to cross the country over the coming months to hear from Americans about the economic pressures they face and to learn about economic initiatives that have worked and persistent economic challenges that need to be addressed. The information gathered will be used to shape the Make It In America plan for this Congress.

The Make It In America Listening Tour will make the following stops this week:

Wednesday, April 4
Make It In America Listening Tour: Entrepreneurship Conversation hosted by Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) with Whip Hoyer
University Research Park
Madison, WI
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 5
Make It In America Listening Tour: Discussion of Entrepreneurship, Education, and Infrastructure with the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce, Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03), and Whip Hoyer
The Lakely
Eau Claire, WI
12:20 – 1:30 p.m.

Make It In America Listening Tour: Discussion of Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers and tour of a manufacturing plant, Culimeta-Savegaurd, with Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) and Whip Hoyer
Eau Claire, WI
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Press Conference on Make It In America with Rep. Ron Kind and Whip Hoyer
Eau Claire, WI
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Make It In America Listening Tour: Education Conversation hosted by Rep. Ron Kind with Whip Hoyer
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Over the coming months, additional tours across the country will be announced.

The Make It In America plan began in 2010 during the depths of the Great Recession. Originally created to strengthen a declining domestic manufacturing sector, the plan has continued to grow and change as the economy recovered. After a series of hearings in Washington last Congress that discussed new economic challenges and opportunities, the Make It In America plan was updated to focus on expanding entrepreneurship and innovation, closing the skills gap, building a 21st century infrastructure, and breaking down barriers to manufacturing in the U.S. Since 2010, nineteen Make It In America bills have been signed into law.