These men and women grew up with faith in an America where hard work and responsibility paid off, he said. They believed in a country where everyone gets a fair shake and does their fair share — where if you stepped up, did your job, and were loyal to your company, that loyalty would be rewarded with a decent salary and good benefits — maybe a raise once in a while. If you did the right thing, you could make it, anybody could make it in America.

Earlier in the day, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Democrats would look to attach amendments relating to their Make it in America agenda on every bill moving though the House.