Just over a year after he was elected to office, President Joe Biden welcomed his neighbours – Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s Andres Manuel López Obrador – to the White House. The first North American Summit since 2016, this ‘Three Amigos’ get-together nevertheless got off to a rough start.
Despite the bulging grab-bag of issues facing this region, a single issue outstripped them all, in terms of discussions. Clogged supply chains, volatile energy costs, the migration crisis, and even the pandemic lagged behind a proposed $ 12,500 tax credit for electric vehicles made in the USA.
This relatively insignificant clause in the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Act caused sparks to fly in the West Wing. Approved by the Lower House on November 30, this $ 1.5 trillion plan is seeking fast-track approval from the US Senate, before returning to the President for confirmation.