Published July 27, 2023

Senators Move to Block Biden Rule Allowing Chinese EV Chargers

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Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined his Senate colleagues in introducing a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act to overturn a Biden administration rule which would send American tax dollars to overseas competitors despite the administration’s own Buy America regulations. The resolution would ensure American businesses remain at the forefront of electric vehicle (EV) innovation and manufacturing.

“The Biden administration’s attempted Buy America waiver for electric vehicle chargers is a joke. They tout domestic sourcing requirements, but they make a loophole to push their EV agenda. Our CRA will hold the administration accountable and prioritize secure supply chains over EV pipe dreams,” said Senator Cramer.

Instead of supporting American workers and industry, the Biden administration’s policies make America more dependent on supply chains controlled by foreign adversaries, including the Chinese Communist Party. The Federal Highway Administration rule would waive Buy America requirements for EV charging stations purchased using American taxpayer dollars.

Joining Senator Cramer are Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and Rick Scott (R-FL).

“Waiving the Buy America requirements on EV chargers won’t help American taxpayers or workers. It hurts American companies and empowers foreign adversaries, like China, to control our energy infrastructure. We should never use American dollars to subsidize Chinese-made products,” said Senator Rubio.

“Congress mandated the Buy America requirements for a reason, to bring jobs and manufacturing back to the United States and reduce our dependence on China. Waiving this requirement is a step in the wrong direction and a complete and total backtrack on Biden’s pledge to prioritize the reshoring of critical supply chains. I support Senator Rubio’s CRA to stop this from taking place and call on President Biden to support American workers by fully implementing the bi-partisan Buy America requirements,” said Senator Marshall.

““It’s absolutely absurd that the Biden administration would go out of its way to allow companies to receive U.S. taxpayer dollars with no requirement that it be spent or used in the United States. To build up U.S. manufacturing in an industry dominated by our adversaries like Communist China, we have to stop propping up manufacturing abroad, especially using tax dollars. It’s that simple,” said Senator Scott.

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