Hillary Clinton Policy Proposals Total $1 Trillion in New Government Spending

Hillary Clinton
November 30, 2015

Hillary Clinton previewed a $350 billion infrastructure and jobs plan over the weekend, bringing the total amount of government spending she has proposed throughout her presidential campaign to about $1 trillion.

Clinton, a Democratic presidential candidate, unveiled her infrastructure spending proposal in Boston on Sunday, a plan that would cost American taxpayers $275 billion over the next five years. The infrastructure proposal is part of a larger jobs agenda that will cost upwards of $350 billion, CNN reported, and comes in addition to the at least $650 billion that Clinton’s previously announced policy proposals would cost taxpayers over a decade.

The Wall Street Journal reported in September that Clinton’s policy proposals would cost the federal government at least $650 billion over 10 years, including a $350 billion plan to ensure college affordability.

Clinton has also unveiled a $10 billion substance abuse plan, a $60 billion solar panel plan, and a $30 billion plan to help coal communities.

The infrastructure and jobs plan Clinton began to outline Sunday would put money toward manufacturing, clean energy, and research funding and is intended to create higher paying jobs for middle-class workers. Clinton campaign policy adviser Jake Sullivan said that the $350 billion proposal makes "tremendous sense," according to the Washington Post.

"Investing in infrastructure makes tremendous sense, both because it creates jobs that pay above median wages and because it improves overall productivity, which leads to higher incomes across the broader economy," Sullivan stated.