Biden Vetoes Bill Blocking Waiver for Solar Panel Tariffs
The White House says the exemptions allow foreign manufacturers to fill the gap while US companies ramp up production.
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In June 2022, the White House granted 24-month waivers exempting duties on panels made in Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Imports from those countries account for roughly 80% of solar panels used in the US, Reuters reported.
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A Commerce Department investigation last year suggested at least four Chinese solar panel manufacturers were trying to skirt the tariffs illegally by completing production in other countries.
"The Biden administration found, in its own investigation, that Chinese companies are violating the law," Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan, another co-sponsor, said in a statement. "Yet the president's position, and today's veto, fails to hold China accountable and hurts American workers." Overriding the veto would require a two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate, a level of support that proponents don't appear to have, Reuters reported.
The SEIA said that reinstating the tariffs would stall development and lead to the loss of an estimated 30,000 jobs.
In a statement, the association's CEO, Abigail Ross Hopper, called Biden's veto "a reaffirmation of the administration's commitment to business certainty in the clean energy sector."