President Barack Obama shakes hands with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., after making opening remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

House Democrats vow to explain their vision better in 2016

President Barack Obama is trying to cheer up House Democrats, urging them to keep battling for middle-class families even as they trumpet brighter news about jobs, energy production and other economic milestones.