More than 100 members of Congress push Pelosi to keep EV tax credit helping unions

Washington — More than 100 Democratic members of Congress, including all seven of Michigan’s Democratic representatives in the U.S. House, urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday to retain EV tax credits that favor automakers with a unionized workforce in their social spending plan.

The massive package aimed at expanding the social safety net and combatting climate change currently includes legislation from Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, that would eliminate the automaker cap on EV credits and implement a $7,500 point-of-sale consumer rebate for electric vehicles. The bill would also pay out an additional $4,500 for vehicles assembled in a union facility and $500 for vehicles using a battery manufactured in the U.S.

In this Aug. 18, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., addresses the media during a news conference, in the Queens borough of New York.

The group, led by Rep. Thomas Suozzi, D-New York, argued that union workers earn more than their non-union counterparts and are more likely to have paid sick days and health insurance. 

“The Build Back Better Act’s credit for EVs demonstrates America’s leadership in the global EV market by accelerating innovation and manufacturing in the U.S., bolstering the sector’s domestic supply chain, and creating jobs with good pay and benefits,” Suozzi wrote in the letter. “We urge you to ensure that the credit remains as-is when the bill moves to the House floor.”

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2021-10-12 21:32:18

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