House Democrats plan to rev up their jobs message as they fight for relevancy on the issue going into the summer months.
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters Tuesday that Democrats will roll out a host of legislative proposals Wednesday as part of their “Make It in America” agenda. Some of the items have already been introduced by Democratic Members, Hoyer said, and all will be focused on boosting exports and lowering the unemployment rate.
“This agenda is designed to create jobs, and jobs particularly focused on manufacturing which are higher paying, more benefits providing the kinds of jobs that will uplift Americans and provide them with opportunities,” the Maryland Democrat told reporters during his weekly briefing.
Hoyer noted that 1.75 million jobs have been added in the past 14 months, although the national unemployment rate hovers around 9 percent.
“Not enough jobs have been created and we need to be focused on doing that, which is what the ‘Make It in America’ agenda does,” Hoyer said.
Democrats initially launched the plan in July as one of their top campaign themes during the midterm elections. After losing the majority in November, Democrats promised to continue their focus on the initiative to boost manufacturing jobs. Legislative priorities that fall under the jobs plan include extending research and development tax credits and reinstating the Build America Bonds program.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.