President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Washington, as Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., look on.

Biden pushes US-made cars in State of the Union

Washington — Building more cars in the United States will combat inflation and create a more resilient economy, President Joe Biden said Tuesday during his State of the Union address. 

He worked to temper consumer fears amid skyrocketing inflation and threats of higher gas prices on the rise as Russia’s war on Ukraine is expected to push up fuel prices even further, telling Americans his anti-inflation plan is to “lower your costs, not your wages.”

“Make more cars and semiconductors in America. More infrastructure and innovation in America. More goods moving faster and cheaper in America,” Biden said. “More jobs where you can earn a good living in America. Instead of relying on foreign supply chains, let’s make it in America.”

President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Washington, as Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., look on.

The self-proclaimed “car guy” has been an ardent supporter of the Detroit automakers’ pivot to electric vehicles and has visited Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. facilities in Michigan since taking office last year. 

He cited Ford’s $11 billion investment in EV battery and assembly plants in Kentucky and Tennessee and General Motors’ $7 billion investment in EV facilities in Michigan as examples of companies that “are choosing to build new factories here, when just a few years ago, they would have built them overseas.”