U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee stated on September 15 that they don’t regret the special incentive authorized by House Ways and Means Committee that would increase rebates for electronic vehicles built with batteries and union labor made in the United States.
Kildee, D-Flint Twp., stated in a virtual media briefing, “I’m not going to feel sorry for the fact that we believe labor union-backed workers ought to go to the front of the line.” “They aided in the formation of the middle class. We want it to stay that way. Everyone gains when we invest in employment that pays well, offers strong benefits, and provides adequate worker protections.”
The House Budget Committee, the whole House of Representatives, and then the Senate will now debate the idea. The Kildee plan would prolong the existing electric vehicle tax credit worth $7,500 for another five years, with an additional $4,500 if union members and $500 produce the vehicle if a United States-made battery fuels it. Only cars built in the United States would be qualified for the tax credit after five years.
Republicans, as well as non-union automakers such as Honda and Toyota, are opposed to the concept. Ford, General Motors, the League of Conservation Voters, and others have all approved it. Toyota said the proposal “runs opposite to the objective of carbon reduction” and discriminates “against American automakers depending on their decision not to unionize” in a message to MLive-The Flint Journal.
Honda expressed its disappointment with the proposed tax incentives on its website earlier this week, claiming that they “discriminate among EVs created by American auto workers based only on whether they join a union.”
Stabenow (D-MI), who is driving the charge in the Senate to approve the EV bill, also stated that the tax credits are intended to assist the environment, make electric cars more accessible, and encourage “good-paying jobs that… arise via collective bargaining and unions.”
Kildee joined state and county officials and climate advocates at an event organized by Moms Clean Air Force and the Black Millennials for Flint earlier this month to call for large investments in electric vehicles. The congressman asked senators to support President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan and his “Build Back Better Budget,” which he claims will help increase the electric vehicle market and invest in the facilities required to support them.