Biden bill includes boost for union-made electric vehicles

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are looking to give U.S. automakers with union employees the inside track when it comes to winning the burgeoning electric vehicle market.

The $1.85 trillion spending package that Democrats are trying to pass features programs designed to curb global warming, including incentives to hasten the transition to electric vehicles. They now account for about 2% of new car sales in the U.S.

A provision would give buyers of vehicles made at unionized manufacturing plants in the U.S. a more generous tax credit. That plan is drawing vocal opposition from foreign trade partners and from Republicans who worry that manufacturers in their home states will be placed at a competitive disadvantage.

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