House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer Monday traveled to Baltimore to unveil the next phase of an evolving job-creation strategy designed to get America working again.
The Democrat-led program, now six years in the making , has gained some traction over the past few years, the Maryland Democrat said.
Speaking at the newly renovated Foundery — a “maker space” catering to entrepreneurs in need of a little help — Hoyer suggested building more tech assistance -- including crowd funding for start-ups -- into the original plans.
“This is exactly what we had in mind,” he said after surveying the multi-purpose facility Under Armour founder Kevin Plank helped bring into fruition.
The four planks of the retooled program include: fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, investing in workforce training, bolstering basic infrastructure (roads, utilities) as well as technological assets (electrical grid, broadband service) and revitalizing domestic manufacturing.
“It’s not an ideological agenda,” Hoyer said. “All members talk about creating jobs for Americans.”
House Democrats, Hoyer said, plan to introduce bills targeting the corresponding policy prescriptions in the coming weeks — an ambitious goal given the lack of productivity on Capitol Hill as both sides shift into presidential election mode.
“We’re obviously somewhat constrained because we’re in an election year,” he noted.