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Shaheen applauds Senate passage of US China Competitiveness Bill


July 27, 2022

(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – Chairman of the Trade, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee – released the following statement today after the Senate passed the Creation of useful incentives for the production of semiconductors (CHIPS) and science law of 2022. The landmark legislation expands US policy to address the strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools of a global strategy that will enable the United States to address the challenges China poses to the United States. The comprehensive package invests in scientific research and microchips that are essential to the economy and the military, while strengthening domestic manufacturing and the supply chain.

“Semiconductors are central to our daily lives and power everything from cars to refrigerators. Our inability to produce semiconductors at home is a threat to both our economy and national security, which is why this bipartisan bill is needed more than ever. The Senate’s passage of this key legislation puts our country on the path to success while creating well-paying jobs at home, reducing the costs of items Americans use every day, fighting the unfair economic manipulation of China and investing in innovation to ensure we continue to be a global leader. chief,” said Shaheen. “This bill also includes provisions I drafted to improve STEM education so we build a more competitive workforce to succeed in the 21st economy of the century. I am proud to support legislation that sends an unequivocal message that America will remain competitive on the world stage economically and militarily. Time is running out and I look forward to the speedy passage of this bill through the House so that we can get it to the Speaker’s office.

More specifically, the CHIPS and scientific law understand:

  • $52 billion in grants and incentives to attract chip companies to the United States and invest in research and development to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing
  • Authorizing more than $80 billion in National Science Foundation funding for research and education, including supporting critical research in areas of national priority and supporting science, technology, science education. Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
    • This includes funding specifically dedicated to growing America’s STEM workforce, including key provisions from Shaheen’s STEM Learning Opportunities Act and funding to improve access to STEM education opportunities for schools in rural areas.

  • Restrictions on companies receiving federal aid and investing in China and Russia
  • $500 million for an international secure communications system
  • $200 million for training a flea workforce
  • $1.5 billion for innovation in public wireless supply chains
  • Authorized $10 billion to establish 20 regional technology hubs through the Economic Development Administration (EDA)
  • Authorizing $1 billion to support economic development activities in economically challenged communities through the EDA
  • Authorization of $10 billion for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for research and manufacturing partnerships
  • Authorization of $68 billion for the Office of Science and other science and innovation activities at the US Department of Energy
  • Authorizations for key National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) programs
  • And more.

Shaheen secured the inclusion of language based on his bipartisanship STEM Learning Opportunities Act to enable funds to support research and development of innovative STEM educational programs, including extracurricular and other activities outside the classroom. This language aims to improve federal investment in experiential learning opportunities to better strengthen the pipeline of students entering the STEM workforce, especially traditionally underrepresented groups like women and communities of color. Through her leadership on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Senator Shaheen has been a strong advocate for funding priorities for STEM education and scientific research.

Shaheen is a Senate leader in the fight against an increasingly competitive and aggressive China, including through her role as co-chair of the NATO Observer Group in the Senate with Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) . She and Tillis recently led a congressional delegation on a visit to the NATO summit in Madrid, during which they discussed threats posed by China to the security of the Alliance. Shaheen also presented the Transatlantic Telecommunications Security Act (TTSA), which would strengthen Europe’s telecommunications infrastructure and counter China’s influence by helping key allies in the region invest in secure and reliable 5G networks. She is also co-leading a bipartisan bill, the U.S. Capital Protection Act, to require the Treasury to report annually to Congress on US financial exposure to China. As Chair of the Trade, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Shaheen has also long advocated for serious investment in science and technology innovation to protect global leadership and national security. of the United States against China.


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