Clinton offers her vision for U.S
economy, rebukes Trump's
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[June 23, 2016]
By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary
Clinton said on Wednesday that if the U.S. Congress does not act to
close tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy and corporations, she will
ask the Treasury Department to take up the issue if she is elected
"Let's make sure that Wall Street, corporations and the super rich
pay their fair share of taxes," Clinton said in Raleigh, North
Carolina, the state capital.
The former U.S. secretary of state used her campaign stop to offer
her vision for bolstering the economy after using a speech on the
topic on Tuesday to attack presumptive Republican nominee Donald
Trump, predicting a "Trump recession" if he becomes president.
Trump delivered his own speech attacking Clinton on Wednesday,
saying she is part of a political establishment that has cheated
American workers through bad trade deals.
In her speech on Wednesday, Clinton said, "I think it's an
understatement to say Americans face a choice in November. "I'm here
today to offer an alternative.
"When people say the game is rigged, the best evidence is the (U.S.)
tax code. It is riddled with scams, loopholes and other special
breaks," added Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
She said that if the Republican-controlled Congress does not enact
reforms to end tax breaks for the wealthy, she would use her
presidential authority to direct the Treasury Department to do so.
Democratic President Barack Obama has faced criticism for using
executive action. In one example, he used executive power to shield
certain groups from the threat of deportation when immigration
legislation stalled in Congress.
Clinton said modifying the tax code is one prong in a five-part plan
the federal government would follow to jump-start the American
economy if she is elected on Nov. 8:
- Large-scale investment in rebuilding infrastructure to create
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a
campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron
- Enabling debt-free college educations;
- Giving companies incentives to share profits with employees;
- Creating national family-friendly policies such as paid family
In a nod to populists within the Democratic Party who may have
supported U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders during the Democratic Primary,
Clinton also said she would aim to raise the federal minimum wage,
strengthen labor unions and reject international trade deals that do
not benefit U.S. workers.
"As I said during the primary, I am a progressive who likes to get
things done, and we can do this," Clinton said.
(Reporting by Amanda Becker; Editing by Leslie Adler and Jonathan
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