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Chairwoman Johnson Celebrates Passage of the CHIPS and Science Act

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
House Science Committee
July 28, 2022

(Washington, DC)— Today, the House passed the CHIPS and Science Act. The CHIPS and Science Act includes provisions that make historic investments to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackle supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, bolster America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthen America’s economic and national security at home and abroad.

“Today marks the beginning of a revitalized and stronger future for American innovation,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “The bipartisan passage the CHIPS and Science Act is not only a tremendous victory for our nation’s science, manufacturing, and technology enterprises—it is a victory for the American people.

“The CHIPS and Science Act includes many bipartisan provisions that started in the Science Committee, and I’m so glad to see them cross the finish line at last. I want to thank Ranking Member Lucas for his partnership in drafting those provisions. This transformational package we just passed with bipartisan support in the House of Representatives will help build a strong and diverse STEM workforce, address the great societal and scientific challenges we face as a nation, ensure we can make more goods in America, catalyze our American semiconductor manufacturing capabilities, create jobs, bring about solutions to the climate crisis, and so much more. We are ushering in a strong future for our premiere scientific agencies with support for NIST, NSF, DOE, and NASA.

“As we built the provisions in this bill, we listened to scientists, engineers, academia, researchers, manufacturers, and other stakeholders on what they needed to succeed in the 21st century. And I believe we were successful in building something that will be impactful for decades to come. Some of these provisions have been years in the making, including a piece I have been working on for 15 years that will help to expand opportunities for all to pursue STEM.

“I am proud of this package. The passage of this bill is the result of months of bipartisan negotiations and dedicated efforts and long hours put in by staff, and I want to thank each of them for helping get us to where we are today. And finally, I want to thank Speaker Pelosi for her strong support in this effort.

“The Science Committee provisions in this bill were put together with the needs of each and every American in mind. The CHIPS and Science Act will soon reach the President’s desk for signature and Americans across the nation will be able to experience the benefits of this transformational bill.”

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