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Senator Joe Manchin urges U.S. companies to sue Treasury over Clean Energy Tax Credit rules

He threatened legal action, offering to support manufacturers with amicus briefs, and confidently predicted that the Treasury would lose any such lawsuits.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is calling on American manufacturers to sue the Treasury Department over its implementation of local content rules for clean energy tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). During a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Manchin expressed his frustration to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, claiming that the Treasury’s rules are damaging U.S. manufacturers by halving the original content requirements stipulated in the law.

Manchin, who recently left the Democratic Party to become an independent, criticized the Treasury’s adjustments to the content requirements, stating they undermine the IRA’s original intent and hurt domestic companies. He threatened legal action, offering to support manufacturers with amicus briefs, and confidently predicted that the Treasury would lose any such lawsuits.

The 76-year-old West Virginia senator has been vocal about his dissatisfaction with the Treasury’s final rules, particularly the decision to allow automakers an additional year to use Chinese graphite and other critical minerals in battery production before transitioning to domestic sources. He argued that this extension contradicts the law’s intent to reduce reliance on Chinese supply chains and ensure U.S. energy independence.

During the hearing, Manchin emphasized that the IRA aims to reduce U.S. reliance on Chinese supply chains. Still, the Treasury’s implementation effectively allows China to remain a significant player in the market for the duration of the IRA. He emphasized that the legislation aimed to strengthen American manufacturing and reduce reliance on foreign countries.

In response, Yellen acknowledged the shared concerns about dependence on Chinese supplies and proposed technical discussions with Manchin to address his issues. Despite this, Manchin remains firm in his stance, urging immediate legal action to rectify what he views as a misapplication of the IRA’s provisions.

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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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