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Clinton to unveil $10 billion plan to boost manufacturing

NEW YORK – Hillary Clinton will return to upstate New York today to unveil an ambitious $10 billion plan to boost manufacturing – and to tout her record as a U.S. senator from the state as a reason for Democrats to vote for her again in the April 19 primary.

At a roundtable discussion in Syracuse, Clinton is scheduled to announce her plan for “Make It In America partnerships,” which will offer manufacturers of all sizes incentives to create jobs in the United States, rather than overseas. She would pay for the plan by eliminating tax benefits some companies receive when they move jobs overseas.

Clinton aides said the plan echoes her work as a U.S. senator from New York. While campaigning for the Senate, she announced a goal of creating 200,000 upstate jobs. She fell short of that goal but she was able to work with local agencies on job initiatives across the state as senator.

A source close to the Clinton campaign told the Buffalo News that Clinton will be Buffalo next Friday. Details of the visit have not yet been released.

Clinton served as a U.S. senator from New York from 2001 through January 2009, when she became secretary of state.

“Just like she did in New York, these partnerships will bring together, in places across the country – workers, businesses large and small, universities and community colleges, and government at every level – to encourage the location of manufacturing and good-paying jobs in towns like Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo, and in communities across the country,” Jake Sullivan, policy director for the Clinton campaign, said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday night.

Clinton’s plan comes amid a tightening battle in New York with her rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Sanders has repeatedly tied Clinton to trade deals with Mexico and China that harmed American manufacturers, which were sealed when her husband, Bill Clinton, served as president.

“I have opposed every one of these disastrous trade agreements,” Sanders said at a rally in the Bronx Thursday night. “Secretary Clinton has supported virtually all of them.”

On the conference call with reporters, Clinton aides and supporters touted several of her efforts to boost the upstate economy during her eight years as senator, ranging from the “Farm to Fork” initiative to pair upstate farmers with downstate customers and her push for funding for the Buffalo Niagara Medical campus.

Clinton aides said she expects to recount those efforts during intensive campaigning in upstate New York prior to the primary.

“When she goes to Syracuse and Rochester and Albany and Buffalo and other cities across the state, she’ll be greeted by familiar faces who know what she did to help them and know that when she says that this is going to be a major priority for when she’s President, that she means it and that she’ll deliver on it,” Sullivan said.