WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and 13 colleagues today urged Senate Appropriators to fully fund the Creating Helpful Incentives for the Production of Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act in the Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Bill to strengthen national security and ensure the nation is economically competitive worldwide.
“CHIPS and Science marks a significant bipartisan commitment to domestic manufacturing, regional innovation and strong supply chains,” wrote the senators. “The lack of funding for these efforts prohibited agencies from fully delivering on their potential…Instead of the rapid growth in technological strength Congress envisioned, the United States has suffered insufficient growth in the skilled workforce, increased supply chain vulnerabilities and rising competition from overseas.”
“To fulfill the promise of the CHIPS and Science Act, Congress must avoid the funding pitfalls that followed previous COMPETES Acts and fully fund the Chips and Science Act,” continued the senators.
Cassidy and Cantwell were joined by U.S. Senators John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Raphael Warnock (D-GA).