Union-made EV tax credits are dead in Democrats’ climate bill

Union-made EV tax credits are dead in Democrats’ climate bill

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Washington — A controversial proposal that would have given consumers a $4,500 discount on domestic, union-made electric vehicles is officially off the table, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, confirmed Wednesday to The Detroit News.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat from West Virginia who wields vast influence over his party’s legislative priorities, has been publicly skeptical of the added tax credit for months.

On Tuesday, he told Bloomberg that the union provision is “gone” from the pared-down climate package he is negotiating with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and other top Democrats.

Senator Debbie Stabenow sits during an outdoor service held at Greater Grace Temple, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 in Detroit.

“We know where (Manchin) stands on the union issue, which means we’re not going to be successful there. We’re not going to be able to do it,” Stabenow said in an interview Wednesday at the US Capitol.

The policy written by Stabenow and Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint Township originally would have raised an existing federal tax credit for electric vehicles from $7,500 to up to $12,500, including the $4,500 incentive to buy vehicles assembled in a union facility and $500 for vehicles with a battery manufactured in the US

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