Democratic front runner promises billions in spending to lure construction workers.
On Sunday, in what appears to be an effort to move past Bernie Sanders’ popularity, as well as a bid to counter Donald Trump’s appeal with many blue-collar workers enamored his anti-immigrant rhetoric, the Clinton campaign aimed at luring construction workers’ votes by launching “Hard Hats for Hillary” during a campaign stop in Boston.
The launch was coupled with a well-timed endorsement from Boston’s Mayor, Marty Walsh. Walsh is the former head of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District and current member of the Laborers union.
During her campaign stop in Boston, Clinton promised that, if elected, she would invest $275 billion in infrastructure spending.
The new infrastructure proposals make up the most expensive portion of Clinton’s economic agenda, which her campaign said would exceed the $350 billion she’s already proposed for a college affordability plan. Along with the $275 billion in infrastructure funds, she plans to call for new investments in manufacturing and research in the coming weeks.
Sanders, on the other hand, has already proposed legislation that would “provide more than $1 trillion in new infrastructure spending over the next five years, paid for by raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations.”