Senator Stabenow Joins With UAW Leaders to Announce Major Progress on Her Make It in America Agenda

Stabenow Met with Local UAW Leaders to Highlight Progress Made to Advance Next Generation of American Manufacturing

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

LANSING — U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined with UAW leaders to highlight the major progress made on her Make It in America agenda. Stabenow was joined by Ben Frantz, UAW Local 652 President, and Mike Huerta, UAW Local 602 President.


For too long, countries have been outpacing the United States on funding new technologies, making critical components Americans rely on, and building electric vehicles. We are now at a crucial moment in our competition to win the clean energy manufacturing future for America and eliminate the real vulnerabilities we are seeing in our supply chains. These vulnerabilities have caused layoffs right here in Lansing,” said Senator Stabenow. “The Senate will be taking action next week on efforts I have been leading to address our long-term semiconductor shortage and close loopholes to strengthen our Buy American requirements. I am also leading the effort to electrify our auto industry by strengthening the existing consumer tax credit with incentives for vehicles made in Michigan by Michigan workers.”


“Having a Senator like Debbie fighting for Michigan’s workers and working class has been a blessing for not only us in the auto industry but all who work and enjoy making Michigan their home,” said Ben Frantz, UAW Local 652 President.


“Senator Stabenow knows that Michigan’s autoworkers are critical to America’s advanced manufacturing future,” said Mike Huerta, UAW Local 602 President. “She doesn’t just talk about the importance of making things in America - she takes action. Her leadership in Congress to address the semiconductor shortage and to make sure that the federal investment into electrifying our auto industry leads to good-paying union jobs will benefit autoworkers here in Lansing and across the state.” 


U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is leading the effort in Congress to advance the next generation of American manufacturing and create good-paying jobs here at home.


Addressing the Semiconductor Shortage

The global semiconductor shortage has harmed our manufacturing industries and led to worker layoffs. It is alarming that American industry is so over-reliant on chips made in foreign countries. That is why Senators Stabenow and Peters authored a provision in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act to provide $2 billion for the production of mature semiconductor technologies.


Clean Energy Manufacturing

Senator Stabenow’s American Jobs in Energy Manufacturing Act passed the Finance Committee as part of the Clean Energy for America Act on May 26th. It boosts manufacturing by providing a 30% tax credit to retool or build new facilities to produce clean energy technologies, like semiconductors, batteries and electric vehicles.


Electric Vehicle Consumer Tax Credit

Senator Stabenow is leading efforts to get more drivers behind the wheel of electric vehicles. The Clean Energy for America Act includes her expanded consumer tax credit. It provides a base credit of $7,500 with an additional $2,500 for vehicles made in America and an additional $2,500 for union labor for a maximum credit of $12,500. This bill was reported from the Finance Committee on May 26.


Buy American Laws

Senator Stabenow’s Make It In America Act will soon pass the Senate as part of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act. It strengthens Buy American laws through increased transparency and accountability. And it closes loopholes so American tax dollars are buying American goods and services.