On a day when the news media is feasting on the latest twist in Hillary Clinton’s email saga, the Democratic presidential candidate plans to announce a new pledge to boost spending on roads, airports, public transit and other transportation projects.
Clinton previously proposed spending $275 billion on infrastructure over five years. During a campaign stop in California on Wednesday, she’ll pledge to send a plan to Congress to do that within her first 100 days in office.
The only other issue she’s promised to act on within her first 100 days is immigration, where she wants a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.
An aide to Clinton added that, all told, the package would “represent the most significant increase in infrastructure investment since President Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System,” a 1956 act that built 47,856 miles of highway across America.
Infrastucture is rarely a flashy enough topic to break into the headlines, and Clinton’s policy announcement was unlikely to change that with the intense focus on how she handled her personal email at the State Department. Yet, the proposal suggested that Clinton was holding fast to her campaign’s plan of focusing on policy as an antidote to Donald Trump’s antics.
“Donald Trump wants to build a wall, a great big wall as he says, a huge wall,” Clinton said at a Wednesday rally.
Despite stark divides in Washington, increasing spending on infrastructure is one issue that could have appeal across the political aisle when a new president takes office next year.