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ExxonMobil announced Monday that it plans to invest $50 billion in the United States in the next five years, citing President Trump's tax plan, CNBC reports. "[W]e will be investing billions of dollars to increase oil production in the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico, expand existing operations, improve infrastructure, and build new manufacturing sites," wrote CEO Darren Woods in a statement. "This will create thousands of jobs, strengthen the U.S. economy, and enhance energy security."
Exxon's announcement is the latest in a slew of them, stemming from the approval of the tax legislation last year. Apple announced earlier this month that it will bring back "the vast majority of the $252 billion in cash that it held abroad and said it would make a sizable investment in the United States," The New York Times reports. Other companies, including Comcast and Boeing, announced bonuses for employees after the legislation passed.
"The recent changes to the U.S. corporate tax rate coupled with smarter regulation create an environment for future capital investments and will further enhance ExxonMobil's competitiveness around the world," added Woods. "We're actively evaluating the impact of the lower tax rate on the economics of several other projects currently in the planning stages to further expand our facilities along the Gulf Coast."
It is unclear from the announcement if "the $50 billion included a $20 billion investment in Gulf Coast manufacturing over a 10-year period, which Exxon announced in March," CNBC notes.