Sen. Kelly Applauds Announced Steps to Implement his CHIPS Law

Kelly was a chief negotiator of the CHIPS Act of 2022 which will strengthen Arizona’s growing semiconductor industry, lower costs, and create more high-paying Arizona jobs

Today, Arizona Senator Mark Kelly issued the following statement applauding the announced steps from the Department of Commerce to implement his bipartisan CHIPS Act of 2022, which is now law. The announcement outlines criteria, recommendations, and guardrails for applicants seeking funding from Kelly’s CHIPS law which will boost microchip manufacturing, including research and development of this technology, in the United States. 

Kelly was a chief negotiator of this law which will grow Arizona’s microchip manufacturing industry, lower costs, and create tens of thousands of high-paying jobs in the state, many of which will not require a four-year degree. 

“Getting our bipartisan CHIPS Act signed into law marked the start of our work to make the United States a global leader in microchip manufacturing that is so critical to our national defense, supply chains, and economy,” said Senator Kelly, a chief negotiator of the CHIPS Act of 2022. “It’s why I’m glad to see the announced criteria and recommendations for applicants looking to make the goals of our CHIPS law a reality, including in Arizona. I will keep working with Arizona leaders to ensure that the administration swiftly and fairly implements our law so we can boost Arizona’s growing microchip manufacturing industry, create more high-paying jobs, lower costs, and strengthen our national security.” 

Recently, Kelly welcomed U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to the Phoenix area to highlight how his CHIPS law will help Arizonans get the skills needed to fill these high-paying microchip manufacturing jobs. Kelly and Raimondo’s events also emphasized the strong partnerships across private and public sectors in Arizona that will create greater economic opportunities for Arizonans, including those without a four-year degree.