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Biden says U.S. is in race with China to build electric cars as he pitches infrastructure plans

President Biden delivers remarks at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Mich., on Thursday. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Biden on Tuesday cast the United States as being in an urgent race with China to build electric vehicles as he visited a plant in Dearborn, Mich., that is about to formally unveil the electric version of its popular F-150 pickup truck. The trip was part of Biden’s ongoing pitch for a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that includes incentives to accelerate a transition to electric vehicles.

On Capitol Hill, the Democratic-led House passed legislation aimed at strengthening federal efforts to address hate crimes directed at Asian Americans amid a sharp increase in violence and discrimination against the community during the pandemic. The measure heads to Biden for his signature.

Here’s what to know:

  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced his opposition to a bipartisan deal to establish an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
  • Democratic Rep. Val Demings, who raised her national profile as one of the House managers prosecuting President Donald Trump’s first impeachment, plans to run for the U.S. Senate in Florida in a bid to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio (R).
  • Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and a former Trump aide, launched a promised Republican bid to become New York’s next governor.
  • The Supreme Court announced that it will review a restrictive Mississippi law that provides a clear path to diminish Roe v. Wade’s guarantee of a woman’s right to choose an abortion.
  • Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff released their 2020 tax returns, reversing the practice of the Trump administration.
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