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Election 2016: Special Series The Democratic Candidates Hillary Clinton 60% “To build a strong economy for our future, we must start by building strong infrastructure today.” “Increasing our infrastructure investment will provide more opportunity for good-paying union jobs.” Hillary’s plan will boost federal infrastructure investment by 5 billion. These investments will immediately create good-paying jobs today and drive up wages in the future. [Hillary Clinton letter to General President Callahan, 10/26/15] “I support policies to diversify our energy supplies by investing in renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar, developing advanced energy technologies such as clean coal and hydrogen fuel cells, and promoting environmentally responsible recovery of oil and gas resources. We also need to take steps to use energy more efficiently, in our cars, homes, and offices.” Hillary supports a true “all of the above” energy strategy, which includes new alternative energy sources combined with building and repairing our national pipeline infrastructure. [Vote Smart: http://votesmart.org/ public-statement/329556/issue-positionenvironment-and-energy#.Vh-0nyvLnq4] Bernie Sanders 30% Candidate preference poll of IUOE members in early primary and caucus states. 71% IUOE members who plan to vote in the primary or attend a caucus in their state. “We need a major federal jobs program to put millions of Americans back to work.” Senator Bernie Sanders says that he supports more infrastructure, but he was the only Senator to skip the vote to pass the first long-term highway infrastructure bill considered in a decade. The bill passed and was signed into law without his support. [Vote #331, H.R. 22, 12/03/15] “We need to invest in clean energy infrastructure, not lock ourselves into longterm payments and significant carbon pollution emissions for pipelines that could cause disastrous oil spills.” Bernie Sanders was the first presidential candidate to oppose the Bakken oil pipeline that would cross Iowa and the first to oppose the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline that would bring natural gas through New Hampshire. Sanders opposes building new pipelines for American oil and natural gas production and wants to rely solely on alternative energy sources. [https://berniesanders.com/issues/climatechange/] Strong Infrastructure for a Strong Economy Hillary Clinton believes that strengthening our infrastructure is critical to boosting wages and making our economy productive and competitive. That’s why she has announced a 5 billion, 5-year plan to revitalize our nation’s bridges, roads, public transit systems, and other public works. Hillary’s plan would: • Boost federal infrastructure investment by 5 billion over the next five years. Under Hillary’s plan, 0 billion would go directly to public infrastructure investment. • Create a billion national infrastructure bank. Hillary will allocate an additional billion over five years to create an independent, government-owned infrastructure bank that will support critical infrastructure improvements. The bank will provide loans and other federal support for investments in energy, water, broadband, transportation, and multi-modal infrastructure projects. • Reauthorize a Build America Bonds program to help finance the rebuilding of America’s infrastructure. Hillary would re-authorize President Obama’s highly successful Build America Bonds (BABs) program to stimulate billions of additional dollars in infrastructure investments. [above] At a November event in Boston dubbed “Hard Hats for Hillary,” Secretary Clinton unveiled her plan to create more jobs and strengthen the nation’s economy through increased investments to infrastructure. Members of various building trades unions, including the IUOE, were on hand for the announcement. From left to right: IUOE Local 4 President William McLaughlin, IUOE International Vice President & Local 4 Business Manager Louis G. Rasetta, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. GET THE FACTS www.engineersaction.org/hillaryclinton 16 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER WINTER 2016 17

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