Senator Kelly: Microchip Funding Must Become Law As Soon As Possible

Kelly pursuing all options, including attaching to defense bill

Today, Arizona Senator Mark Kelly released the following statement calling for the Senate to add theUnited States Innovation and Competition Act, which includes the $52 billion microchip manufacturing boost he passed through the Senate, to the National Defense Authorization Act being considered by the Senate this week:

“Microchips are in everything we use, from phones and cars to the most sophisticated fighter jets, and right now the supply chain is largely out of our control and in some cases subject to influence by adversaries like China. In June, I worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass an agreement through the Senate to boost microchip manufacturing in Arizona and across the country. Since then, despite the ongoing microchip shortage that is straining supply chains and raising costs, the House has failed to take up this legislation.

“There is no more time to waste. In addition to being a job-creator, restoring microchip manufacturing to our shores is also a national security imperative. That’s why I am working with my colleagues to add the United States Innovation and Competition Act and its microchip provisions to the defense bill so that it can be signed into law as soon as possible.”