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Press Release - Clinton Campaigns In Indiana On Day Two Of The Solutions For The American Economy Tour

March 28, 2008

Promotes Fair Trade and Good Jobs for Indiana

Hillary Clinton kicked off the second day of her Solutions For The American Economy Tour in Mishakawa, Indiana hosting a town hall meeting on the economy. During the tour, Clinton is discussing her solutions to ensure shared prosperity in these tough economic times. Hillary started the tour in North Carolina yesterday and will continue through Indiana, ending with a three-day swing through Pennsylvania. Throughout the tour, she will highlight ways that state and local leaders have found solutions to economic challenges.

"Here in Indiana, you've got some of the hardest workers in the world, thriving community colleges and universities training the next generation of workers, and factories and farms that keep this nation going," said Clinton. "When I look at this state, I don't see a rust belt. I see the potential to build a 21st century manufacturing belt, an innovation belt – an opportunity belt."

During the town hall she praised the work of Senator Evan Bayh who has been a strong advocate for keeping defense manufacturing jobs in the U.S., pushed the Pentagon to buy defense materials made in America, and provided more funding for the up-armored humvees that keep the troops safe. At the Mishawaka town hall, Clinton was joined by two local residents, Bruce Schweizer and Patty Strevinger. Bruce has worked at AM General, a local military humvee plant, for 33 years and is a member of United Auto Workers (UAW). Through Senator Bayh's work, he has helped men and women like Bruce keep their jobs and protect our troops. In January, Patty lost her job and as a result, her family's medical coverage. She and her family are now struggling with lost jobs, lost health care coverage, and the effects of today's housing crisis.

"I think it's time Patty and Bruce had a President who stood up for them," said Clinton. "A President who will work as a partner with Senator Bayh to turn this economy around and who's ready on day one to be Commander-in-Chief of our economy."

Hillary will continue campaigning in Indiana with another economic town hall in Hammond and then will host a roundtable discussion at Sara's Family Restaurant in Fort Wayne with several workers, including four workers from the local General Motors plant.

With our economy sliding into recession, American workers and families need a president who will enforce out trade laws, stand up to special interests and fight to help create good, high-paying jobs here in the U.S. Over the past three months, our economy lost more than 140,000 private sector jobs. Indiana lost 9,000 manufacturing jobs in the past year; and nearly one-in-seven manufacturing jobs since January 2001. At the same time, corporations have seen their profits grow at their fastest rate of any economic expansion on record. And unlike past expansions, these record profits have not been shared. The typical Indiana household lost $2400 in income between 2000 and 2006 – nearly two-and-a-half times the decline for households nationwide.

Hillary believes that we need to restore balance to our economy by getting tough with our trading partners and putting the needs of working families first. Today, she highlighted her plan to help working families secure good, high-paying jobs here in the U.S. that cannot be outsourced.

Her plan includes:

  • Making Trade Work for Working Families. Americans need a president who will fight for fair, pro-American trade policies that will not trap them in a race to the bottom. Low wages in other countries are costing America jobs and putting pressure on wages here at home. With approximately one quarter of our gross domestic product linked to international trade, we need smart, pro-American trade policies that help our workers and families. As president, Hillary will make trade work for working families:
  • The only candidate with a detailed, 4-part plan to fix NAFTA. As President, Hillary will dramatically strengthen NAFTA's labor and environmental provisions; change its investment provisions that grant special rights to foreign companies; strengthen its enforcement mechanisms; and review NAFTA regularly.
  • Demand strong labor and environmental provisions in all trade agreements;
  • Appoint a new trade "prosecutor" and double the enforcement staff at the USTR so we can truly enforce our trade laws again, and get tough with countries like China for allowing the piracy of intellectual property.
  • Crack down on China's currency manipulation. Hillary is a co-sponsor of legislation that will require the administration to take definitive steps to stop China and other countries from harming American interests by undervaluing their currencies.
  • Implement a trade "timeout" to formulate a genuinely pro-worker and pro-American trade policy;
  • Restoring a Strong, Vibrant Manufacturing Sector in America: Hillary believes that we cannot remain a great country with a strong economy if we don't make things in America. The loss of manufacturing jobs overseas threatens our economic future. And our dependence on foreign countries to manufacture equipment for our military needs threatens our national security as well. As co-chair of the Senate Manufacturing Caucus, Hillary understands the challenges and opportunities facing American manufacturing. As president, she will invest in processes and products that could lower costs, improve efficiencies, and create more U.S. manufacturing jobs. She will provide $20 billion in Green Vehicle Bonds to help American auto companies retool old plants to meet strong efficiency standards. And she will expand the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which for a $100 million investment yields $910 million in new investments and trains or retrains 50,000 workers.
  • Ending Tax Breaks for Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas, and Investing in Innovation and Job Growth in the U.S. As president, Hillary will take away tax breaks from companies that are sending jobs and production overseas and use those tax dollars to encourage job creation in the U.S. She would permanently extend the R&D credit to help attract R&D facilities and high-paying research jobs to the U.S. She would establish a national broadband strategy to enhance the competitiveness of communities across Indiana and America. And she would ensure that the U.S. continues to be an engine for innovation and cutting-edge technological breakthroughs by doubling the basic research budgets at the major federal agencies and tripling post-graduate research grants in math and science.
  • Investing in Infrastructure to Create Good Jobs, Ensure our Safety, and Enhance our Economic Competitiveness. New Orleans and the Minnesota bridge collapse are stark reminders of our nation's failure to invest sufficiently in our infrastructure. Hillary's infrastructure plan would invest $10 billion in funding to help states review and repair their critical infrastructure; modernize seaports; expand funding for public transit and intercity rail; incentivize environmentally sensitive land use policies; and a reduce congestion. She is also a co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation to create a national infrastructure bank that would evaluate and finance large infrastructure projects.
  • Establishing a $50 Billion Strategic Energy Fund That Will Help Create at Least 5 Million Green Collar Jobs. In 2007, many of the largest oil companies recorded record profits. Exxon-Mobil recorded an annual profit of $40.6 billion, making it the most profitable corporation in history. Together, the five largest U.S. oil companies—Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, Valero and Marathon Oil—earned more than $75 billion in 2007— about $2,500 per second. Hillary's energy plan would give large oil companies a choice: invest more in renewable energy technology or pay into a Strategic Energy Fund to jumpstart clean energy research and the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies. These investments will lay the foundation for our economy to create at least 5 million high-paying green collar jobs over the next decade.
  • Providing New Support to Help Small Businesses Create Good Jobs. At this time of economic uncertainty, small businesses are more important than ever. They have accounted for 80 percent of net new jobs since 1990 and employ more than half of all private sector workers. As president, Hillary will double funding for the Small Business Administration, which has been cut by 50% under the Bush Administration. Hillary will also provide new tax credits to small businesses to make it easier for them to create new jobs with health care for their workers here in the U.S.

Hillary Clinton, Press Release - Clinton Campaigns In Indiana On Day Two Of The Solutions For The American Economy Tour Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/292948

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