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Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s proposed new bill demands rapid enforcement of updated terms for EV tax credits

This is Manchin's latest attempt to obstruct EVs and the reduction of carbon emissions.

To put it in simple terms, Joe Manchin opposes EV adoption. The Democratic Senator from West Virginia, the country’s second-largest coal supplier, has introduced a new bill that calls for the immediate strict enforcement of the revised terms for EV tax credits set out in last year’s Inflation Reduction Act, many of which Manchin himself wrote. This is Manchin’s latest attempt to obstruct EVs and the reduction of carbon emissions. Although the senator’s bill is as hopeful as a future in which we continue to rely on fossil fuels, the government requires direction to permit these credits. 

The “American Vehicle Security Act of 2023″ is a new bill that Senator Manchin has presented that is aimed at federal EV tax incentives. The fundamental tenet of the legislation is that, despite the US Department of Treasury’s lack of technical advice, the federal government shall implement the provisions of the signed Inflation Reduction Act. In essence, this would make every single EV ineligible for federal tax credits.

Last year, it needed particular wording from Senator Joe Manchin to secure enough votes to send those revised and extended terms to the President’s desk. Manchin’s demands related to EV battery components coming from the U.S. or via US free-trade partners, as well as battery assemblies moving domestically. That’s a lot trickier than, mandating a particular amount of battery capacity. 

The bulk of EVs was instantly barred from being eligible for federal tax credits in 2023 as a result of these new IRA provisions, especially those produced by foreign automakers with no, or limited US manufacturing footprints. 

Before the updated rules for EV tax credits went into effect on January 1, the US Treasury said that it would be delaying its battery recommendations on what EV manufacturers must build in North America for their vehicles to qualify. Despite having been allocated until December 2022 to deliver these guidelines, the department insisted that further time was needed, at least until March 2023.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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