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- December 11, 2015

Today, Clinton Will Hold An Event With Union Members From The International Association Of Sheet, Metal, Air, Rail And Transportation Workers (SMART) In St. Louis, Missouri. "Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will appear Friday night at a union hall in St. Louis to discuss her economic plan. The event is at 7 p.m. at the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (Sheet Metal Workers Local 36) Hall at 2319 Chouteau Avenue." ("Hillary Clinton To Appear At Union Hall In St. Louis Friday Night," St. Louis Post-Dispatch , 12/8/15)

Clinton's Economic Proposals Feature A National Infrastructure Plan That Would Put Forth $250 Billion In Direct Federal Spending And $25 Billion For A "Strategic Infrastructure Bank" That Would Control An Additional $225 Billion In Funds. "Clinton's plan would put $250 billion toward direct federal spending on infrastructure, while the remaining $25 billion would be seed funds to launch what her campaign described as a 'strategic infrastructure bank.' The bank would leverage the initial federal investment to support another $225 billion in direct loans, loan guarantees and other forms of credit." (Jennifer Epstein, "Hillary Clinton Calls For $275 Billion In Federal Infrastructure Spending," Bloomberg , 11/29/15)

Clinton Has Withheld Details On How She Will Pay For Her Plan. " Clinton's plan to increase the federal government's spending on infrastructure by $275 billion over the next five years will be fully paid for by changing how businesses are taxed, a campaign aide said, without providing any details." (Amanda Becker, "Clinton Will Unveil $275 Billion Infrastructure Plan To Create Jobs," Reuters, 11/29/15)

LABOR UNIONS WOULD "BENEFIT SIGNIFICANTLY" FROM CLINTON'S PLAN FOR A NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE BANK "MODELED ON THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE"

Some Of The "Most Influential Labor Unions" In The Country Have "Praised" Clinton's Plan For A National Infrastructure Bank. Damon Silvers, director of public policy at the A.F.L.-C.I.O., among the country's most influential labor unions, praised the plan, saying 'Secretary Clinton is exactly right to call her plan a 'down payment.'' For some activist groups, however, the plan did not go far enough." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Unveils $275 Billion Infrastructure Investment," The New York Times , 11/30/15)

  • Labor Unions, "Which Represent A Major Voting Bloc," Would "Benefit Significantly" From Clinton's National Infrastructure Bank. "Labor unions, which represent a major voting bloc and well of financial support for Clinton, would also benefit significantly from a national infrastructure bank." (Alana Goodman and Lachlan Markay, "Leaked Audio: Hillary Clinton Calls At Private Fundraiser For Infrastructure Bank To Resemble Clinton Global Initiative," The Washington Free Beacon , 9/30/15)

Both Organizations That Currently Make Up SMART Endorsed Clinton During Her First Presidential Campaign, Citing Her Spending Promises As A Factor. " The Sheet Metal Workers endorsed Hillary Clinton's presidential bid during a Nov. 17 rally at its Las Vegas Local 88 union hall. More than 500 members, including union general President Michael J. Sullivan, were on hand to congratulate the Democratic New York senator on securing the support of the group. 'Hillary Clinton understands our issues,' Sullivan said. 'She knows the importance of sound policies and programs and will deal fairly and intelligently in addressing the energy crisis, fair trade, affordable health care, funding college and technical education and training, and will protect retirement security'… The Sheet Metal Workers will merge Jan. 1 with the United Transportation Union, which endorsed Clinton in August. The combined union will be known as the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, and will go by the acronym SMART." ("Sheet Metal Workers Support Clinton," Snips Magazine, 11/19/07)

CLINTON'S $275 BILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN BRINGS HER SPENDING SPREE TO A TOTAL OF $1.2 TRILLION

Clinton Has Proposed A Total Of $1.192 Trillion In New Spending Programs Or Expanded Spending Over Ten Years. (Reuters, 11/29/15;The Briefing, Accessed 8/10/15; The Wall Street Journal, 9/14/15; The Associated Press , 7/27/15; The Hill, 11/12/15;The Wall Street Journal, 6/15/15;American Federation Of Teachers, 11/9/15; National Education Association, 2/2/15; The New York Times , 9/2/15; Correct The Record, Accessed 10/12/15; The Briefing¸ Accessed 11/30/15;Puerto Rico Healthcare Crisis Coalition, Accessed 12/1/15;The Briefing, 8/26/15;Federal Register, 12/12/14;The Briefing, 8/26/15;USDA, 10/2/15;The Briefing, Accessed 11/2/15; Department Of Justice, Accessed 11/30/15; The Briefing, Accessed 8/26/15;USDA, 1/12/15;The Briefing, Accessed 11/2/15;Reuters, 4/23/15; GAO, 03/14)

The "Day Of Reckoning Is Coming" For Clinton To Disclose How She Will Pay For Her "Era Of Big Government" Spending Proposals. HALPERIN: "The other one I'd offer up is the infrastructure plan. She is proposing enormous new spending plans, the 'era of big government' is not over when it comes to Hillary Clinton's vision of how to do this, and she's not annunciated spending cuts yet, and I think that the day of reckoning is coming for her to talk about how she is going to raise taxes high enough or cut spending enough to not swell the deficit." ( Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect," 12/1/15)

CLINTON'S NEW SPENDING PROPOSAL FOLLOWS HER DECISION TO SIDE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL MONEY OVER HER UNION WORKERS

"After Months Of Declining To Take A Position On The Keystone XL Pipeline, "Clinton Decided She Opposed The Project." "After months of declining to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she opposes the construction of the project. 'I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone XL pipeline as what I believe it is: A distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change, and, unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward and deal with other issues,' she said during a campaign event in Iowa Tuesday. 'Therefore, I oppose it.'" (Monica Alba and Carrie Dann, "Hillary Clinton: I Oppose The Keystone XL Pipeline," NBC News, 9/22/15)

  • Clinton Applauded Obama's Decision To Reject Keystone On Twitter. @HillaryClinton: "The right call. Now it's time to make America a clean energy superpower. -H" (Hillary Clinton, Twitter Feed, 11/6/15)

 

 

Clinton's Move To Oppose The Keystone Pipeline Was What Her Elite Environmental Donors Wanted. "Several of Clinton's top donors, including Tom Steyer and Susie Tompkins Buell, are active in the environmental movement, and they have wanted her to come out against Keystone for some time. It's an issue that matters a lot to that segment of the Democratic Party, and coming out against the pipeline takes a wedge issue away from Clinton's current opponents - and perhaps Vice President Joe Biden, if he runs." (Jonathan Allen, "Hillary Clinton's Opposition To Keystone XL Is A Political Winner," Vox, 9/22/15)

The Keystone XL Pipeline Was "Supported By A Large Number Of Labor Unions," A "Key Part" Of Clinton's Democrat Base. "The rev­el­a­tion of her po­s­i­tion in Iowa will likely help the Demo­crat­ic White House can­did­ate cor­ral support among green act­iv­ists, but the pro­ject is sup­por­ted by a large num­ber of labor uni­ons, an­oth­er key part of the Demo­crat­ic base." (Ben Geman, "Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against The Keystone Pipeline, After Long Avoiding A Position," National Journal , 9/22/15)


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