WATCH: Kelly Motion Passes Senate, Showing Bipartisan Momentum to Pass His Microchip Manufacturing Plan
Kelly’s plan would lower rising costs, create more Arizona jobs, strengthen supply chains
Today, during debate on the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, Arizona Senator Mark Kelly successfully urged members of both parties to back his motion that supports boosting American microchip manufacturing and research. The motion passed the Senate by voice vote, showing the bipartisan momentum behind Kelly’s $52 billion microchip plan that first passed the Senate last year.
The Senate is expected later this week to send this legislation to a conference committee, made up of Republicans and Democrats from both the House and the Senate including Kelly, which will work to reconcile the differences between the versions passed by each chamber so that a final bill can be signed into law.
Kelly’s plan would lower rising costs, create thousands of high-paying jobs in Arizona, strengthen supply chains, and reduce our country’s reliance on foreign countries for microchip technology that is critical to our national and economic security.
Kelly speaks on the Senate floor urging Congress to pass his plan
Arizona is home to one of the largest microchip industries in the country and is expected to grow with the passage of Kelly’s plan, as well as investments from Intel and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) that are expected to create thousands of Arizona jobs.
Watch his remarks HERE. Read a transcript of his remarks below:
Mr. President, microchips in everything from household vacuums to the most advanced fighter jets.
A resilient, domestic microchip supply chain is important to our national security and to our economy.
But we’ve got two problems – we’re facing a shortage of microchips and we do not have the capacity to produce enough of them in the United States.
That’s why we have worked together, Republicans and Democrats, to pass a plan in the Senate competitiveness bill that will boost American microchip manufacturing capacity, create thousands of jobs, and help lower costs for families.
I ask my colleagues to support this motion to show the continued bipartisan momentum behind our plan so we can get this across the finish line.