Biden Spits In The Faces Of Rural Americans

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( – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has slammed the Biden administration over their guidance on who would be qualified to receive tax credits for an EV (electric vehicle) charge arguing that the recent policy was going against “rural America.” 

The Inflation Reduction Act includes specific tax credits meant to help push climate technologies. One of these credits would allow individuals and businesses to claim up to 30 percent of the installation of EV charges in nonurban and low-income areas. Last week, the Biden administration issued guidance that provided a loose definition of the term “non-urban” noting that it would refer to areas where any census tract had at least 10 percent of blocks which were not defined as being urban areas. 

The White House has further noted that under this definition around two-thirds of Americans would be eligible to receive the tax credit. 

On Tuesday in a statement, Manchin blasted the Biden administration for having gone against the law and argued that this would be harmful to rural Americans. He argued that the Biden administration would not stop putting its climate agenda above the law regardless of what the cost of those decisions was. 

He further pointed out that this guidance would mean that rural Americans will continue being “stuck at the end of the investment line” which is the problem that the tax credit was originally meant to tackle. He added that choosing who will receive the hand-outs and allowing those who do not need it to claim it, could mean that rural communities would end up being left out.

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