Kelly Statement on House’s Passage of Bill to Tackle Global Microchip Shortage

House bill includes Kelly-negotiated $52 billion microchips provisions passed by the Senate

Today, Arizona Senator Mark Kelly issued this statement following the House’s passage of legislation to boost domestic manufacturing of microchip technology and strengthen America’s global competitiveness. The House-passed legislation includes a Kelly-negotiated $52 billion plan, which he secured last June in the Senate-passed United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), to tackle the global microchip shortage with increased domestic investments in microchip production and research. 

“I’m glad to see the House pass my plan to boost domestic microchip production, strengthen our supply chain, and bring down rising costs for Arizonans,” said Senator Kelly, a member of the Armed Services Committee. “Now it’s time for House and Senate leaders to begin bipartisan negotiations to get our legislation over the finish line. I’ll keep working to make sure Arizona continues to be a leader in manufacturing this technology that is critical to our economic and national security.”

Over the last few months, Kelly successfully worked with House leaders to ensure his $52 billion plan and additional provisions to address supply chain issues were maintained in the House legislation. Arizona is home to one of the largest microchip industries in the country, with nearly 30,000 jobs, and is poised to grow with investment plans from Intel and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Kelly’s $52 billion plan includes investments that will be critical to boosting Arizona’s position as a leader in microchip manufacturing.

Kelly is an original cosponsor of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) and one of the lead negotiators on provisions that ensure the U.S. can outcompete foreign competitors, including China, who are investing heavily to dominate the microchip industry.