While there, Obama announced two executive actions that he says will help strengthen the economy: launching competitions for three innovation centers, and a new requirement mandating government data be made freely available so that entrepreneurs can access “troves of previously inaccessible data.” 

But while the president touted the executive actions as progress toward economic growth, the White House hopes the jobs tour will help build momentum for his legislative proposals that have stalled in the Republican-controlled House.

"There's a lot on Congress's plate," a White House aide said Sunday, noting upcoming debates over immigration reform and presidential nominations. "We also want to make sure part of the discussion includes a conversation about the economy, including a focus on some of the ideas that the president rolled out in his State of the Union address."

The White House said that the president planned "a series of these [day trips]… every several weeks or so," with the goal of "trying to assemble this common-sense caucus" to pass some of the president's priorities.

In a statement earlier this week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said "even though some in Congress are determined to create more self-inflicted economic wounds, there are things Washington could be doing right now to help American businesses, schools and workers."

"We need to build on the progress we’ve made over the last four years, and that means investing in things that are already creating good-paying, stable jobs that can support a middle-class family," Earnest said.