In 2015, Whip Hoyer and House Democrats hosted a series of hearings entitled “Make It In America: What’s Next?” to explore how the economy has changed, and what families and businesses need to succeed in today’s economy. During the hearing series, 77 House Democrats heard testimony from innovators, entrepreneurs, economists, Members of Congress, and others about how the Make It In America plan should be updated to address new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities. Click here for a look at testimony from the hearings. Through that series of hearings, 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.
Still, too many American families feel left behind and struggle to make ends meet. Families live in constant fear of an unexpected expense that will mean economic catastrophe. The barriers to starting a small business are too steep for many entrepreneurs. Small manufacturers can’t find the skilled workers they need. That is why House Democrats are launching the Make It In America listening tour – to get out of Washington and hear directly from Americans about their hopes and concerns for the future. The goal of these visits will be to learn about economic initiatives that have worked well and could serve as a model elsewhere, along with persistent economic challenges that need to be addressed. The information discussed in these visits will be used to shape the Make It In America plan for the 115th Congress.
Since 2010, nineteen Make It In America bills have been signed into law, including legislation to cut taxes and provide loans for small businesses, speed up the patent process, train skilled workers, and end tax loopholes that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas.