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Congress approves resolution against Biden EV charger plans

•, By Kelsey Brugger

The resolution, an attack on President Joe Biden's EV transition plans, passed 209-198 with bipartisan support. The White House has promised to veto it and said it would backfire.

S. J. Res. 38 from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), would scrap a Federal Highway Administration waiver from domestic sourcing requirements for EV chargers funded by the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law. It already passed the Senate 50-48.

"A waiver undercuts domestic investments and risks empowering foreign nations," said Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, during House debate Thursday.

"If the administration is going to continue to push for a massive transition to EVs, it should ensure and comply with Buy America requirements."

The resolution passed under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to scrap administration rules. Even though Biden's veto is likely to stand, the measure amounts to a rebuke.

Still, many Democrats and the White House charged the resolution was so poorly worded it would actually create fewer American-made charging stations, not more.

Rep. Rick Larsen of Washington, the Transportation Committee's top Democrat, defended the administration's approach. "You need to give time to the private sector to prepare," he said.

By scrapping the temporary Buy America waiver for charger parts like iron and steel, resolution critics say the resolution would also eliminate other domestic sourcing mandates.