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Suozzi Leads Effort to Keep Tax Credit for Union-Built EVs in Build Back Better Act

October 12, 2021
Press Release
108 members have signed onto the letter; Letter supported by UAW and domestic auto makers

Today, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY) announced that 108 Members of Congress have signed onto his letter calling on Speaker Pelosi to keep the $4,500 tax credit for union-built electric vehicles (EV) in the Build Back Better Act when it moves to the House floor. This effort led by Suozzi is backed by the United Auto Workers, the AFL-CIO, and domestic automakers. A copy of the letter can be found here.

 

As negotiations over the final reconciliation package continue, this letter from 108 Members of Congress represents a collective push from the Democratic Caucus to keep the incentive for EVs to be built by American workers with good-paying, union jobs. As it currently stands, the bill includes a $4,500 incentive for union-built EVs, which would level the playing field between non-union and unionized workforces, ensure workers have a seat at the table, strengthen domestic supply chains, and drastically reduce global emissions.

 

“We write in support of hundreds of thousands of United Auto Workers (UAW) members and retirees as well as a diverse group of motor vehicle manufacturers and suppliers who support President Biden’s Build Back Better plan for a net-zero carbon transportation future. We urge you to ensure that the electric vehicle (EV) tax credit language that was passed by the Ways and Means Committee remains as-is when the Build Back Better Act is considered on the House floor,” the lawmakers wrote. 

 

President Biden’s Build Back Better plan calls for incentives to dramatically increase the number of EVs on American roads and the global market is rapidly moving to net-zero carbon transportation. America has the opportunity to take the lead on this transformation by adopting policies that make EVs more affordable and accessible to consumers. If the $4,500 incentive for union-built EVs is kept in, the Build Back Better Act could support the President’s goal of reducing emissions by 50-52% by 2030 and improve labor standards at the same time.

 

Quotes from outside groups supporting these efforts led by Suozzi are found below: 

 

“The House Labor Caucus understands that we need jobs of the future to be as good or better than the union jobs they replace. By endorsing the Kildee-Stabenow Provision in the Build Back Better Infrastructure Act, the House members who signed this letter are standing up for UAW members and America’s middle class by helping to ensure that our investment through tax credits in electric vehicles lead to good paying union jobs in the United States. If we invest in future jobs, we need them to be good paying union jobs right here in America,” said UAW President Ray Curry

 

"Working people will not stand for decades-old policies that drag down labor standards in the auto sector. It’s long past time for public policy measures that favor good union jobs," said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. “This legislation is designed to create good union jobs in the U.S. and to ensure that taxpayers are not subsidizing the offshoring of jobs. We thank the representatives who signed this letter for supporting working families.”

 

“This specific incentive will help more Americans get into electric vehicles and reduce carbon emissions while at the same time supporting American manufacturing and union jobs. As the automaker who employs more hourly workers and assembles more vehicles in America than any other, Ford is doing our part to lead the electric vehicle revolution by investing tens of billions of dollars in electric vehicles. Initial customer response to the fully electric versions of our most iconic and popular vehicles, like the American-assembled F-150 Lightning truck and E-Transit van, is exceeding our expectations. We are grateful for Congressman Suozzi’s leadership on this issue and will continue to work with our government and UAW partners to combat climate change and stand up for American workers.” - Kumar Galhotra, President, Americas & International Markets Group, Ford Motor Company

 

“General Motors applauds Congressman Suozzi's leadership in support of American consumers, American workers and domestic manufacturers through the electric vehicle tax credit incentive. GM supports economy-wide efforts to address climate change including a drive toward an all-electric future that strengthens American jobs and enhances the well-being of American consumers. GM is dedicating significant resources to manufacturing and infrastructure here in the United States, and as we deliver on our plans to create an all-electric future, GM will build on a long history of supporting unions to promote safety, quality, training, and well-paying jobs for American workers.” – Gerald Johnson, Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Sustainability, General Motors

 

“Incentives like these are critical to grow the market, improve U.S. competitiveness and help us all move closer to the electrification targets laid out by President Biden for 2030.  This letter demonstrates overwhelming support for the approach put forward by Representative Kildee and Senator Stabenow, and Stellantis will continue to work closely with Congress and our UAW partners to get these provisions over the finish line,” said Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, Stellantis North America

 

A full list of members who signed the letter is found below:

Thomas R. Suozzi; Mark Pocan; Donald Norcross; Steven Horsford; Linda T. Sánchez; Debbie Dingell; Daniel T. Kildee; Marcy Kaptur; Susan Wild; Frederica S. Wilson; Haley Stevens; Barbara Lee; Jesús G. “Chuy” García; Salud Carbajal; Frank J. Mrvanl; Brenda L. Lawrence; Stephen F. Lynch; Tim Ryan; Adriano Espaillat; Andy Levin; David Trone; Mike Quigley; Sheila Jackson Lee; Yvette D. Clarke; Brian Higgins; Charlie Crist; Nikema Williams; Grace Meng; Eleanor Holmes Norton; Mike Doyle; David N. Cicilline; Madeleine Dean; Deborah K. Ross; Mike Levin; Mary Gay Scanlon; Tony Cárdenas; Jimmy Gomez; Lori Trahan; Albio Sires; Emanuel Cleaver, II; Dina Titus; Nanette Diaz Barragán; Carolyn B. Maloney; Conor Lamb; Anthony G. Brown; Jahana Hayes; Bill Foster; Marie Newman; Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. ;Robin L. Kelly; André Carson; Paul D. Tonko; Kaialiʻi Kahele; Darren Soto; Andy Kim; Norma J. Torres; Joe Courtney; Raúl M. Grijalva; Ruben Gallego; Mark DeSaulnier; Brendan F. Boyle; Elissa Slotkin; Danny K. Davis; Mondaire Jones; Cheri Bustos; Karen Bass; Joseph D. Morelle; Jan Schakowsky; Sharice L. Davids; Kathy Manning; James R. Langevin; Bill Pascrell, Jr.; Alan Lowenthal; John Garamendi; Steve Cohen; Mark Takano; Judy Chu; Marc Veasey; Peter Welch; Raja Krishnamoorthi; Alma S. Adams, Ph.D.; Rashida Tlaib; Grace F. Napolitano; Lisa Blunt Rochester; Ro Khanna; Julia Brownley; J. Luis Correa; Jamie Raskin; Bradley S. Schneider; Jerry McNerney; Suzanne Bonamici; Kathy Castor; Eric Swalwell; Mikie Sherrill; Ayanna Pressley; Veronica Escobar; Nydia M. Velázquez; Sean Casten; Pramila Jayapal; Juan Vargas; Gerald E. Connolly; Adam B. Schiff; William R. Keating; John P. Sarbanes; Matt Cartwright; Jared Huffman; Chris Pappas; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.