Clinton to pitch infrastructure spending plan on Sunday

Posted at 12:52 PM, Nov 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-29 12:52:12-05

BOSTON — Hillary Clinton will use the month of December to focus on her jobs agenda, according to campaign aides, staring with her rally here on Sunday, where the 2016 candidate will roll out details of her infrastructure plan.

Clinton’s plan — which aides said would be the “most significant investment in her agenda” and cost at least $350 billion — will consist of a national infrastructure bank, which will put up federal dollars to attract private investment, and more federal spending to “bankroll upgrades to roads, bridges, airports and public transit.”

It will also include, according to aides, investments in manufacturing and research.

Mayor Marty Walsh will join Clinton at Faneuil Hall in Boston on Sunday for a “Hard Hats for Hillary” event, where the 2016 candidate will roll out the first areas of her infrastructure plan.

Walsh, who has yet to endorse Clinton, will offer his endorsement at the event, according to the Boston Globe.

Aides said Saturday that Clinton’s jobs agenda will focus on creating “higher than average paying jobs … in manufacturing, infrastructure and clean energy.”

Clinton has touted a focus on infrastructure in many of her events across the country over the last few months, promising to spend money on rebuilding the country’s bridges, roads and tunnels and focusing the spending on clean energy.

“We have to get more good jobs and we do need, in my opinion, a targeted effort at people and communities that have not had the benefits of the recovery thus far,” Clinton said during an event earlier this year in South Carolina. “We need once and for all to have a very big infrastructure program.”

At an event earlier this year in Nashua, New Hampshire, Clinton said she had “ideas” how she could implement her “big infrastructure program” without Congress.

“I will find a way,” she said. “We will never quit.”

The program also gets mentioned at Clinton’s private fundraisers. During an event in Saratoga, California, Clinton said she would continue to advocate for “a big infrastructure program” that included an “infrastructure bank funded by public private partnerships to fund long-term projects.”

Clinton’s focus on infrastructure has also helped her win the support of a number of unions. When the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America endorsed Clinton earlier this year, they cited her focus on “strategic budgeting for our country’s infrastructure” as a reason they choose to back her.

Clinton has not been alone in calling for more infrastructure spending. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s stoutest opponent for the nomination, has called for more than $1 trillion dollars in spending on the issue.