On Wednesday, learning of Mr. Biden’s veto, Mr. Rubio wrote on the social media platform X, “Why is he sending American taxpayer dollars to Chinese companies?”
The White House argued that by repealing the waiver, lawmakers were actually blocking made-in-America requirements.
That’s because a repeal would have caused a return to a 1983 policy that waives domestic requirements for many manufactured products. That would have made it more likely that federal funds would be “spent on chargers made in competitor nations like the People’s Republic of China,” Mr. Biden said in his veto statement.
The Senate voted, 50-48, in November to repeal the wavier, with the Democrats Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana joining Republicans to remove the exemption. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was the only Republican to oppose the measure.
The House voted, 209 to 198, in January for the repeal. Two Democrats, Jared Golden of Maine and Donald Davis of North Carolina, voted with Republicans in favor of the measure. Two Republicans, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Tom McClintock of California, opposed it.