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Senator Bob Casey Stands Firm on American Manufacturing in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

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In recent news, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) expressed opposition to a resolution advocating a permanent waiver of Buy American standards for electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The resolution aimed to influence the United States to maintain its reliance on China for essential components crucial to the next generation of clean vehicle infrastructure. Despite the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) earlier temporary waiver of Buy America requirements for EV chargers, Senator Casey’s stance underscores the importance of maintaining domestic production standards for these critical technologies.

The resolution suggested remanding electric vehicle chargers back to the general manufactured products waiver, effectively exempting EV chargers funded by taxpayer dollars from meeting U.S. manufacturing or Buy America content value requirements.

Senator Casey voiced concerns that this move could hinder the nation’s ability to reduce reliance on Chinese manufacturing of EV chargers, potentially causing damage to American workers and manufacturing. He emphasized that America has the opportunity to become a world leader in the technology of the future through its domestic EV charging industry, and the resolution may jeopardize that opportunity.

Earlier this year, the FHWA implemented a temporary public interest waiver phase for Buy America requirements for EV chargers, removing them from the long-standing Manufactured Products General Waiver. This temporary waiver facilitated the immediate commencement of EV charging infrastructure projects. The current resolution seeks to disapprove of this waiver, potentially preventing FHWA from permanently removing EV chargers from the general manufactured products waiver. Such a move would result in a lasting weakening of Buy America standards for clean vehicle charging infrastructure.

The resolution faced opposition from various quarters, including unions such as the AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and United Steel Workers. Additionally, prominent organizations like the BlueGreen Alliance, League of Conservation Voters, and the Alliance of American Manufacturing rallied against the resolution.

Senator Casey, known for his support of Buy America standards, has consistently championed legislation aimed at developing American EV manufacturing capacity and ensuring energy independence. His efforts include the successful push for the Build America, Buy America Act, a crucial component of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This legislation mandates that all iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in infrastructure projects be produced in the United States.

Furthermore, Senator Casey played a pivotal role in passing the Inflation Reduction Act, which incorporates tax credits for individuals and companies involved in manufacturing or deploying clean energy technologies. These credits are designed to lower costs and enhance energy independence. The act also includes a provision for a “domestic content” bonus credit, rewarding companies that utilize American steel, iron, and manufactured goods.

In March, Senator Casey spearheaded a letter urging the U.S. Department of Treasury to prioritize American manufacturing and workers in the implementation of clean energy tax credits established in the Inflation Reduction Act. This ongoing commitment underscores Senator Casey’s dedication to fostering a robust and self-reliant American clean energy industry.

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Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

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Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

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