President Barack Obama delivers a speech on gun control at the University of Hartford on April 8, 2013. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
David Jackson, USA Today
President Obama is turning back to the jobs issue, launching a series of "Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tours" starting Thursday with an appearance in Texas.
Obama will visit growing areas "to learn what has helped them become successful and use these models of growth to encourage Congress to act," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
On Thursday, the president opens the tour in Austin, Texas, where he will visit a high school, and speak with leaders of the city's high-tech industries.
Earnest said the president will also speak with "workers who are working hard to get into and stay in the middle class to discuss his vision for ensuring that hard work leads to a decent living."
The tour -- no other stops have been announced -- seems similar to the "White House to Main Street" events that Obama conducted during his first term.
This time around, Obama will seek to push Congress on a second term agenda that includes a major immigration bill and a new debt reduction plan that includes higher taxes on the wealthy.
"Things are getting better, but our economic recovery is not as strong as it could be," Earnest said. "The question is, will Congress will join with the President to make sure the middle class is strong and secure?"
Congressional Republicans like House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, say the administration is weighing down the economy with big-spending programs, particularly his new health care plan.