After a months-long bipartisan and bicameral negotiation process, Congress has taken the first step to strengthen American innovation leadership and global competitiveness by passing the CHIPS and the science law of 2022. This bipartisan bill includes $54.2 billion in total appropriations for domestic semiconductor manufacturing, assembly, research and development, and includes funds specifically directed to public wireless improvements and the development of Workforce.
As a top priority for the U.S. equipment manufacturing industry, AEM, in coordination with the White House and a small select group of industry groups, has launched a comprehensive advocacy campaign to gain strong bicameral and bipartisan support for this critical investment, helping to end long-term semiconductors. shortages and supply chain disruptions affecting domestic equipment manufacturing. Using both political outreach and strategic public affairs efforts, AEM met with more than 100 lawmakers to gather information about ongoing negotiations, as well as support for the CHIPS invoice when introduced. We have also published the results of a timely survey CEO Survey highlighting the challenges facing the industry, which was the subject of an exclusive article with Bloomberg News. The White House was pleased to leverage the results of our survey to help build support for this bill and featured both Bloomberg’s article and our survey in a communication to their national media list. In partnership with AEM’s network of volunteer leaders, we have also placed more than a dozen opinion pieces and media interviews across the country. All this work resulted in an activation of our I do America grassroots supporters, who sent more than 1,500 letters to their elected officials in support of this legislation.
Our advocacy efforts have not gone unnoticed by the Biden administration. WEA staff had the honor of attending the signing of the bill which took place Tuesday this week on the South Lawn of the White House. These intense negotiations and the resulting bill remind us that no matter how divisive our nation’s politics have become, sound and timely politics can still garner strong bipartisan support. AEM applauds lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who supported this essential legislation, and we continue to push for additional legislative solutions to address the myriad of challenges affecting manufacturing in the United States.
To learn more about the CHIPS and the science law of 2022or to engage in AEM’s advocacy efforts, please contact AEM’s Senior Advisor, Global Public Policy, Alex Russ at [email protected].
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