Clinton: What I Would Do in My First 100 Days
The Democratic nominee outlined her plan in a Quora session Monday.
This question originally appeared on Quora: What does Hillary Clinton plan on doing during her first 100 days in office if elected? Answer by Hillary Clinton, Democratic nominee for president on Quora.
That’s a great question. From proposing a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship to introducing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United I want to hit the ground running in my first 100 days—because there’s so much we have to do.
A critical part of that work is building an economy that everyone can be proud of and be a part of. We’ve come a long way since the Great Recession, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do to ensure everyone who wants to work can find a good-paying job—one that pays enough to support a family. That’s why I’ve pledged that in my first 100 days as president, we’ll make the boldest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II.
Part of our jobs plan is a major new investment in America’s infrastructure. We’ll put people to work fixing our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing our airports and seaports, and expanding public transit to connect more communities to good-paying jobs. And I’m going to push for an infrastructure bank so that we can leverage private-sector capital to make this critical investments in our future.
We’re also going to connect all American households to high-speed, affordable broadband. A recent survey showed that 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires students to use the internet, but 5 million of our children don’t have access to high-speed internet. So, even at their earliest ages, kids are being left out and left behind. We can’t allow that.
Next, we’re going to ensure America is the world’s first choice in production by investing in manufacturing. We’ll crack down on trade abuses to protect American businesses and workers and reject trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership that don’t put U.S. job creation first. And we’ll end loopholes like inversions that reward companies for moving jobs and earnings overseas—and instead reward companies that invest in United States.
We’ll ensure America leads the world in clean energy—and clean-energy jobs—by setting bold national goals like having half a billion solar panels installed by the end of our first term and generating enough renewable energy to power every American home within ten years. And we’re going to support small businesses, which create nearly two-thirds of new American jobs and are key to our global competitiveness. That means cutting red tape, providing tax relief and simplification, expanding access to capital, and supporting innovation that will jumpstart new industries and good-paying jobs of the future.
Independent economists have said that with my plans in place, the economy would create more than 10 million new jobs by the end of my first term. Of course, none of this will be possible without cooperation from Congress. On day one, I’ll start meeting with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. I’ll do a lot of listening. And I’ll work to find common ground so that we can break through the gridlock and grow economic opportunity for all Americans.