Manchin Slams White House Proposal Making It Easier For Chinese EV Tax Credits

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is calling out the Biden administration for trying to circumvent Congress by implementing a rule through the Treasury Department that would make it easier for foreign entities in communist China and elsewhere to take advantage of tax credits for electric vehicles allocated through the misleadingly titled Inflation Reduction Act.

The Inflation Reduction Act, which has little to nothing to do with inflation, focuses heavily on the Biden administration’s climate change agenda. A $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles was included in the bill, though it prohibited the credit from going toward vehicles with battery components or critical minerals from a “foreign entity of concern” starting in 2024 and 2025. Foreign entities of concern include U.S. adversaries such as communist China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran, according to Fox News.

Despite this language included in the bill, Manchin has accused the Biden administration of trying to bypass Congress’ authority by using the Treasury Department to essentially financially benefit China.

The West Virginia Democrat made the allegations in a statement published on Friday.

“The proposed Treasury rules on Foreign Entities of Concern are another example of the Biden administration clearly breaking the law to try to implement a bill that it could not pass,” Manchin wrote, arguing that the proposal would also harm American taxpayers while increasing the United States’ reliance on its adversaries, including China.

“The Inflation Reduction Act clearly states that consumer vehicles are ineligible for tax credits if ‘any of the applicable critical minerals contained in the battery’ come from China or other foreign adversaries after 2024,” the statement continued. “But this administration is, yet again, trying to find workarounds and delays that leave the door wide open for China to benefit off the backs of American taxpayers.”

This bold statement comes as Manchin has recently announced his decision not to seek re-election in 2024, which has prompted speculation that he plans to run for president as an independent — a move that could have a serious impact on the 2024 race that will likely be a rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.