Sinema’s landmark Chips and Science Act passes Senate

Business News | 31 Jul |

Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s Chips and Science Act – landmark legislation investing a historic $52 billion in domestic semiconductor manufacturing – passed the U.S. Senate with a bipartisan vote of 64-33. The unprecedented investment in American semiconductor manufacturing, which will soon be law, addresses critical supply chain challenges, supports thousands of Arizona jobs, strengthens national security, lowers costs for families in Arizona and across the country, and more.

“Arizonans continue to be concerned about rising prices, inflation, and empty store shelves. Today’s critical passage of our bipartisan legislation boosting semiconductor manufacturing in Arizona and investing historic resources in science and innovation will lower costs for families, strengthen our supply chains, support countless high-paying jobs, strengthen our national security – and, most importantly, stand the test of time. I’m proud of the lasting results our bill delivers for Arizonans,” said Sinema.

“I am focused on a more diverse economy with high-quality jobs, and with Senator Sinema’s leadership on this bipartisan bill, passage of the CHIPS Act will advance this important industry in our region,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “We are a global center for semiconductor manufacturing in the United States, launching world-class training programs to ensure top talent. Semiconductors are important to competitiveness and our innovation economy in Arizona and throughout the country.”


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“Senator Sinema has once again provided leadership from the center that has helped bring people together around legislation critical to America’s global competitiveness and national security,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “The CHIPS Act is a strategic imperative and a national priority, public policy where we cannot afford to fail and the Senator’s work was critical in getting us to this point and will be equally important as we move forward. The work has just begun.”

“Arizona has worked hard in recent years to embrace and enact pro-growth policies that have established our state as the No. 1 destination for semiconductor production. The funding included in the CHIPS Act will support the continued growth and operations of Arizona manufacturers while strengthening our country’s overall economy and national security,” said Danny Seiden, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We’re grateful to Sen. Sinema and her colleagues for approving this significant and necessary investment in our economic future, and we urge the House to send it to the president’s desk as soon as possible.”

“The CHIPS Act funding will help TSMC AZ and its partners reach our full potential in Phoenix, bringing thousands of high-wage, high-skilled jobs to Arizona and revitalize advanced semiconductor manufacturing in the United States. Construction of TSMC’s 5nm fab in Arizona, the country’s most advanced chip manufacturing plant, is on track and on time. The CHIPS funding will support us, our suppliers and partners to build the vibrant ecosystem to support our industry. We appreciate the work Senator Sinema and partners on the state and local level have done to ensure the CHIPS incentives get across the finish line,” said Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. AZ President & CEO Rick Cassidy.

“We’re excited for the Senate’s bipartisan vote today to fund the CHIPS Act and urge the House to follow suit. We will move forward together to advance American leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and R&D, and strengthen American national and economic security. Funding the CHIPS Act will enable Intel to continue growing in Arizona for years to come,” said Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO.

“Thank you to our senators and DC delegates for their advocacy and ensuring the bipartisan passage of the CHIPS Act. This legislation is critical to secure the future of the United States as a leader in semiconductor manufacturing. Chandler has a long history of supporting the semiconducting industry and recognizes the investments outlined in the CHIPS Act will further support economic and workforce development and technological innovation throughout Arizona,” said Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke.

“The importance of strengthening U.S. semiconductor production has never been more critical than it is today. With Greater Phoenix region companies TSMC and Intel making substantial investments to accomplish this goal, we applaud the work of Senator Sinema and the other supportive members of the Arizona delegation to pass historic legislation to help those companies and the entire sector thrive on our home turf. We look forward to seeing the bill signed into law in the coming days,” said Todd Sanders, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber.

“Prioritizing domestic semiconductor manufacturing and its supply chain enhances U.S. competitiveness and security and the funding provided in the CHIPS and Science Act is critical to the innovation economy of Greater Phoenix — creating opportunities for thousands of workers, manufacturing expansion and advanced R&D capabilities,” said Chris Camacho, President & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “We’re grateful for Sen. Sinema’s leadership advocating on behalf of the region, country, semiconductor ecosystem and our community and for taking action to secure its future.”

“We commend Sen. Sinema and members of the U.S. Senate who worked across the aisle to pass broadly supported legislation that will boost American competitiveness and secure Arizona’s position as a national hub for advanced manufacturing jobs,” said Grace Appelbe, Executive Director of the Arizona Manufacturers Council. “With a low tax and light regulatory environment, a growing workforce and a booming manufacturing sector, Arizona stands to benefit greatly from the domestic semiconductor research and development this investment will spur and support.”

The Senate-approved legislation now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration, where it is expected to pass with bipartisan support.

“This legislation represents months of bipartisan and bicameral negotiations,” said Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. “The majority of this bill is made up of bipartisan provisions that started in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology—which I am privileged to lead. They were built with rigorous input from the scientific community, industry, academia, and other stakeholders on what they need most to succeed in the 21st century.”

The Sinema-backed Chips and Science Act provides more than $52 billion to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing amidst a global semiconductor shortage, reducing reliance on foreign countries like China and enhancing the United States’ global competitiveness. The historic investment will support tens of thousands of jobs in Arizona alone.

The Sinema-shaped bill also modernizes the federal government’s approach to science, improves the National Science Foundation, grows the STEM workforce, and expands our country’s global leadership in innovation, research, and development – keeping the United States ahead of China and other global competitors in technological advancement. The legislation also includes key provisions ensuring none of the historic investments in innovation, manufacturing, or development can go to China – keeping our bill American-focused and boosting American jobs.

Sinema ensured the legislation reauthorizes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), incorporating provisions she drafted as a leader on the Space subcommittee – directing NASA to fund key science research at Arizona universities, maintaining the International Space Station, and sending the first woman to the moon.

Earlier this month, Sinema met with Arizona manufacturers to discuss how her Chips and Science Act – coupled with historic investments from her Infrastructure Investments and Jobs law – will relieve ongoing supply chain challenges, get goods to store shelves faster, and expand economic opportunity in Arizona and across the country.

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