WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are seeking to give in to the growing demand for U.S. automakers in the growing electric car market, raising concerns that foreign trade partners and Republicans will become manufacturers in their country. He is in a race.

The $ 1.85 trillion package that Democrats are struggling to pass through Congress includes programs designed to curb global warming and reduce U.S. emissions. Includes incentives to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles that represent a small but rapidly growing market share.

If the law is passed, Consumers who buy electric vehicles by 2026 will receive $ 7,500 in tax credit. If the vehicle is operated by a US factory under a collective bargaining agreement, the initial credit will increase by $ 4,500. They are currently eligible at General Motors Company, Ford Motor Co.

During a visit to the UAW Training Center last month, he said, “I want those jobs in Michigan, not half of the world.”

The Union’s friendly increase is a major factor in Biden’s political credentials and is fueling rampant abductions internationally and in the United States, in defiance of the Democratic Party’s commitment to a more labor-intensive approach. The supply could increase the sale of electric vehicles by damaging foreign cars at US factories that employ tens of thousands of manufacturing workers, especially in southern states, making it difficult for them to unite.

Democrats have not given up. They say supporting union activities is important for the economy and the country.

“I am a student of American economic history and unions have consistently helped build the middle class,” said Dan Kilde, representative of D-Mitch. “We must have a policy that is in line with our values. Our values ​​are that communities are stronger, that the economy is stronger, that employees have higher wages, benefits and protections, not just for them, but for all employees.

The ambassadors of the European Union, Canada and South Korea were among those who wrote to congressional leaders that the credit was inconsistent with US trade commitments and “undermines the spirit of trade rules that seek to establish free and fair trade.”

Meanwhile, governors of 11 states have complained that more generous tax credits will be imposed on companies and workers in their regions. Auto Workers, a leading Democrat philanthropist who has spent more than $ 1.25 million on federal candidates in the 2020 election, has spent more than 99% of his campaigning on Democrats, according to the Open Secrets campaign.

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“There is nothing greener in a union electric vehicle than a non-union vehicle, so it seems easy to transfer money to fans. I think it’s a shame. ”

“This is a scary idea,” said Sen. Roger Wicker, of Nissan and Toyota Plant. “I am just amazed at the obvious gifts to my political friend. I saw no other way to see him. It is a clear result. ”

All but one of the richest people in the United States are eligible for tax credit.

In a statement in support of the draft, US President Ray Curry said:

“In addition, this framework encourages non-union producers to organize their workers freely,” Curry said.

The strength of the unions has been declining in recent decades, largely due to a decline in membership. The strike of General Motors in 19336-1937 included the city of Flint, in the district of Clyde Congress, which was the largest victory for trade unions in American history. Within a year, United Auto Workers ‘membership increased from 30,000 to 500,000, and car workers’ wages increased by 300%.

“It has changed the society, and we think everyone should have that opportunity,” Klidy said.

Meanwhile, foreign automakers are constantly expanding their American brand in states such as Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas. Efforts to integrate plants in Mississippi and Tennessee have repeatedly failed.

Jennifer Safavian, president and CEO of the business group, said: “They made this choice for themselves, and that must be respected.”

The $ 12,000 credit Chevrolet Bolt small electric hatchback combined with cooperative for cars manufactured by US factories will reduce the starting price of a small electric hatchback from $ 32,000 to about $ 20,000. That’s less than the average price of a new vehicle, now more than $ 42,000. The car is eligible for an additional $ 500 credit for US-made batteries.

IHS Markit car analyst Stephanie Brinley said of tax credits “it really plays into the mix, because it makes it more affordable and more accessible to people.”

It is difficult to predict how much the credit will cost. For example, the global shortage of computer chips for the production of vehicles will continue until 2022, says Brinley.

“Semiconductors limit storage for a while,” Brinley said. “It’s even harder to be immediately influenced by incentives.”

The biggest influence on sales can be found in the vast majority of fully-fledged electric models running in the most popular parts of the US market. Those compact SUVs and full-size pickup trucks include the two most popular types of vehicles. Today there are about 35 fully electric models, but by 2025 it will be around 150, says Brinley.

Electric vehicle sales now account for 2 percent of new U.S. vehicle sales, but IHS Markit, a research and analytics company, is expected to increase its stake to 32 percent by 2030.

____ A.P. Otto writer Tom Crischer contributed to this report from Detroit.