Press Release ● Make It In America
For Immediate Release: 
February 22, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier this week, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) led House Democrats on the second Make It In America listening tour, which traveled across the Industrial Heartland to hear directly from Americans about the economic challenges they face. Hosting Whip Hoyer at events in their districts were Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-14) in Pittsburgh, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) in Toledo, and Rep. André Carson (IN-07) in Indianapolis. Rep. Nanette Barragán (CA-44) joined the discussions in Toledo and Indianapolis. Click here to view photos from the tour and here to view the Twitter moment.

In Pittsburgh, Rep. Doyle hosted a conversation at the Energy Innovation Center with local entrepreneurs about encouraging entrepreneurship. In Toledo, Rep. Kaptur hosted a discussion with labor, community college leaders, public school officials, students, and employers at Custom Training Solutions to discuss education and new ways to close the skills gap. In Indianapolis, Rep. Carson hosted a discussion with community leaders on infrastructure challenges and opportunities. Over the coming months, Whip Hoyer will join other Democratic Members on additional Make It In America Listening Tour stops across the country.

At each event, participants raised important issues that Whip Hoyer and House Democrats will use to improve and expand the Make It In America plan. In Pittsburgh, entrepreneurs talked about the challenges of finding skilled workers and barriers to scaling up their businesses when trying to sell products overseas, as well as the need to promote entrepreneurship to high school students. At the event in Toledo, participants discussed focusing on training for the skills that will be needed in the future, and that there must be continuing skills training to keep pace with innovation and competition. Those who joined the infrastructure discussion in Indianapolis raised concerns over the level of funding that states and local governments would be expected to provide under the President’s infrastructure proposal; they also said that infrastructure is good for business, and discussed the challenges of aging water and sewer infrastructure, the declining revenue brought in by the gas tax, and that climate change should encourage planning for future disasters rather than reacting to the last one.

“Bringing the Make It In America Listening Tour to Pittsburgh, Toledo, and Indianapolis, we heard from Americans in the Industrial Heartland about the economic challenges they’re facing and how Congress can help them seize new opportunities,” said Whip Hoyer. “Over the coming months, House Democrats will continue to listen to the American people and draw on what we hear to develop an economic plan that promotes a better deal for workers and businesses here at home. I appreciate Reps. Doyle, Kaptur, Carson, and Barragán for participating in this week’s listening tour and look forward to traveling with more Members to communities around the country in the weeks and months ahead to talk about how to help all our people make it in America.”

“I’ve been involved in the Make It In America initiative since it began,” Congressman Doyle observed. “In fact, I’ve been working to preserve and grow US manufacturing throughout my service in Congress. Today, Pittsburgh has a much more diversified economy than it did 30 years ago, but manufacturing still plays an important role in driving the local economy. These days we are also working to grow our innovation economy as well, driving entrepreneurship and developing new technologies and new ideas in Pittsburgh. With so many exciting developments taking place here, I knew the Make It In America Listening Tour should stop in Pittsburgh, and I was pleased to help bring local thought leaders together to share their insights and experiences with Whip Hoyer.”

“To ‘Make It In America’ is an ethos in Northern Ohio, where we make cars, glass, solar technology, steel and so much more,” said Congresswoman Kaptur. “In Ohio, we make and we grow things. With the help of local educators, workers and business leaders our visit with Whip Hoyer and Congresswoman Barragan helped to underscore how we are preparing for a future rich in American made goods.  We can help by keeping up our Caucus' efforts to ensure we deliver real results for the people in Ohio and across our Nation who need help to get a leg up.”

“It was an honor to host Whip Hoyer in Indianapolis as part of his ‘Make It In America’ tour, to hear directly from business and community leaders about Indiana’s infrastructure needs,” said Congressman Carson. “If we hope to keep Indiana the Crossroads of America, communities are going to need our help. I am committed to working with Whip Hoyer and my other congressional colleagues to ensure we continue to make federal investments in infrastructure while putting the thoughts and concerns of hardworking Hoosiers first.”

House Democrats’ Make It In America plan was first launched in 2010 and has been updated each Congress to reflect new economic challenges and new opportunities. The 2015 series of hearings called “Make It In America: What’s Next?” saw dozens of Members and outside experts testify about how to adapt the plan in light of a changing economy. It identified three core areas where Congress can make a difference: infrastructure, entrepreneurship, and closing the skills gap. Over the coming months, Whip Hoyer will bring the Make It In America Listening Tour across the country so that Americans can see that House Democrats are listening to their concerns, learning from their experiences, and responding to the challenges they face.

To learn more about the Make It In America plan, click here.