Biden's push for electric vehicles includes tax credit favoring union factories over non-union plant
Added 11-17-21 07:22:02pm EST - “President Biden's alliance with labor unions was on display on Wednesday with a proposal favoring union shops in his push for electric vehicles, snubbing Tesla and other non-union plants while promoting his infrastructure programs…” - Washingtontimes.com
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President Biden‘s alliance with labor unions was on display on Wednesday with a proposal favoring union shops in his push for electric vehicles, snubbing Tesla and other non-union plants while promoting his infrastructure programs and offering extra federal subsidies only for cars assembled at union factories.
Speaking Wednesday on the floor of the General Motors “Factory Zero” electric-vehicle facility in Detroit, Mr. Biden emphasized his close ties with unions. He also touted how the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill he signed into law this week would benefit labor, one of his biggest backers.
“We are going to kick-start batteries, materials and parts production and recycling, boosting the manufacturing of clean vehicles with new loans and new tax credits,” Mr. Biden said, “creating new purchase incentives for consumers to buy American-made, union-made clean vehicles.” Mr. Biden hailed a proposed tax credit that would give automakers with union workers a leg up in the rapidly growing electric-vehicle market. The president says the proposal will benefit both the environment and blue-collar workers by rewarding union shops for transitioning to electric vehicles.
But automakers with non-union facilities and lawmakers from states where those plants are located are crying foul. They say it’s a reward to unions for supporting Mr. Biden during the 2020 election at the expense of non-union workers. “The union bosses are the big bankrollers of the Democratic Party,” Sen. Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Republican, told The Washington Times. “Democrats will sacrifice jobs, they will sacrifice the economy and they will even sacrifice their climate goals to pay off their union bosses.”
At issue is a proposal tucked inside Mr. Biden’s massive $1.8 trillion social welfare and climate bill, set for a House vote this week. If enacted, the provision would provide a $7,500 tax credit for consumers who purchase electric vehicles through 2026.
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