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– House passes $700 billion tax, health care and climate bill And just as big changes are coming to the electric vehicle tax credit this week.
Union leaders say that the issue of goods train West Coast containers are creating a constant backlog at ports.
— NHTSA Administrator Steve Cliff is stepping down To assume office as California’s air and climate regulator.
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(approximately) signed, sealed, delivered: Democrats registered their biggest victory since taking full control of Washington 19 months ago, as the House passed a health care, climate and tax bill on Friday evening, upending a key campaign promise from Joe Biden’s presidency. Completed and capped the conversation at over a year. On The Hill, Sarah Ferris and Jordan Carney report. The bill now goes to Biden’s desk for his signature, and when it becomes law, a number of policy changes will take effect immediately, including a revised electric vehicle tax credit. Biden said he plans to officially sign the bill into law this week, although a larger ceremony will take place in September.
about those credits: Many electric cars currently on the market will be ineligible for the federal tax credit starting next week. The bill requires cars to be assembled in North America to be eligible for the tax credit, although buyers who have a binding contract before the bill is made will be eligible for the existing credit, capped at $200,000 per manufacturer. , but not required to be assembled in the US
Buy a Ferrari today: From January 1, the tax credit will be applicable only to vehicles that meet battery and critical mineral sourcing requirements. Currently, no electric vehicle on sale in the US meets those requirements, but proponents like Sen. Joe Munchkin (DW.Va.) argues that the requirements are necessary for the home battery supply chain to exist. Also, wealthy buyers and expensive cars will now be ineligible for up to $7,500 in tax credits. Currently, millionaires looking to buy an ultra-expensive electric vehicle like the Ferrari SF90 Stradale are eligible for the tax credit, but that will change once the reconciliation bill becomes law.
prices down: According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gas is now below $4, prompting a new round of credit-taking and celebrations from Biden and Democrats. It is now the first time since early March that gas is below $4 a gallon, and more than a dollar cheaper than an all-time high of $5.01 per gallon in early June.
“This is more than a dollar below peak prices,” Biden tweeted. “And I’m not asking oil producers to increase supply so that prices can fall even further.”
ports still stuck: Various union leaders said West Coast container ports are still closed, despite the low volume of ships waiting at berths, due to a lack of truck chassis and rail capacity.
International Longshore and Warehouse Union Coast Committeeman Frank Ponce de Leon said during a call with union leaders to criticize Class 1 freight railroads, saying, “Right now these carriers are moving cargo to different docks due to congestion problems. Huh.” President’s Emergency Board. “If they had their way they would have taken it to LA/Long Beach.”
uh, we were already doing that: Ponce de León threw a mild blow at the White House, having previously announced that some terminals would now be open 24/7 to deal with shortages, noting that the longshoreman had already asked the administration to fill trains. Worked on a 24/7 schedule. Announcement. “When the administration says ‘we’re going 24/7,’ our members start raising their hands,” Ponce de Leon said.
slow ship: He said that many ships are being asked to slow down on their way to LA/Long Beach due to ongoing congestion at the port, to prevent piling up of ships in the port (and associated environmental concerns) that could lead to supply chain challenges. was a symbol of at the end of last year. “They’ve moved those ships 150 miles away… so we’re still getting a steady stream,” Ponce de Leon said.
Don’t ask, don’t… Seriously, don’t ask: ILWU, which represents 22,000 West Coast port workers, is also in the midst of closely watched contract negotiations and is holding its cards close to its chest to see how those negotiations are going.
“We don’t talk in a fish bowl,” Ponce de Leon said in response to a question from Eleanor on Friday’s press call. “I don’t have the privilege to talk about anything about how the conversation goes.”
The contract currently in effect expired more than a month ago on 1 July. The last time the two sides were at the bargaining table was in 2014, negotiations lasted nine months – creating a multi-ship backup and costing retailers millions.
rock hangers: Cliff is stepping down to take a position as California’s air and climate regulator, Debra Kahn, reports, less than three months after receiving Senate confirmation. He will return as executive officer to the California Air Resources Board, which is responsible for overseeing the agency’s vast portfolio of regulations on conventional and greenhouse gas pollution.
Cliff said, “I view my appointment at CARB as a unique position to work with California, other states and our federal partners to support the transition to zero-emissions cars, trucks and equipment. to be built on the vision of the President.” a statement.
NHTSA Chief Counsel Ann Carlson will assume Cliff’s duties in an acting capacity, DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement.
telecom win: The DC Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday favored an earlier FCC decision that allowed spectrum within the 5.9 GHz frequency band to be redistributed for uses other than auto protection technology, Oriana reports. The lawsuit, brought last year by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officers, aimed to challenge the FCC’s 2020 decision to prepare spectrum for unlicensed wireless device users, previously known as security. technologies were reserved. Allow vehicles to communicate with each other.
interrelationship conflict: Known as the safety band, the FCC – despite resistance and concern from DOT and others – allowed supplemental equipment to use a lower 45 MHz while keeping the remaining 30 MHz for transportation security uses, particularly cellular vehicles. An auto-protection technology called. -In everything. The band has been reserved for vehicle safety purposes since 1999, but is of little use.
The Internet and Television Association, now known as the NCTA, called the decision a victory for American consumers. “The Commission’s unanimous, bipartisan order modernizes a band that was largely unused for more than 20 years, and today’s court ruling allows consumers to have even more reliable high-speed Wi-Fi and next-generation automotive security.” Enables critical 5.9 GHz spectrum to provide access to applications,” the trade group said.
New account just dropped: A copy-cat account of a “Biden wins” page highlighting White House achievements that was “dubbed”buttigieg winshas started tweeting DOT updates and framed them as a “win” for Buttigieg, who certainly hasn’t ruled out a future bid for president.
“The Inflation Reduction Act includes new tax credits for electric vehicles and will increase domestic battery production. It’s Buttigieg’s victory!” normal fare From the account, which has nearly 18,000 followers since it started tweeting earlier this month.
USTR shrugs off EU criticism of EV tax credit US Trade Representative Catherine Tai certainly isn’t sweating the EU’s allegation that an electric vehicle tax credit violates World Trade Organization rules.
The House approved the amended credits despite a plea from the EU that lawmakers remove “discriminatory” elements from the bill. South Korea has also complained about how the provision is structured.
“This bill provides strong incentives to reduce our reliance on China for the critical materials that will power this key industry, and we look forward to working with allies and partners to advance our climate goals, strengthen and diversify our supply chains.” Look forward to working with partners, and addressing our shared concern with China’s non-market policies and practices,” USTR spokesman Adam Hodge said in response to the criticism.
– “Shameful, uncomfortable, and risky: what flying is like for wheelchair-using passengers.” new York Times.
— “A California startup selling ‘subscriptions’ electric vehicles.” Bloomberg.
– “Audi, Porsche, Kia say US EV buyers will lose tax credit under law.” Reuters.
– “HOV privileges are ending for drivers of electric vehicles in Maryland.” Washington Post.