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July 28, 2022

Congresswoman Bourdeaux Votes To Support Domestic Semiconductor Manufacturing, Pass CHIPS and Science Act

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) voted to pass the CHIPS and Science Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at investing in domestic semiconductor manufacturing and increasing American competitiveness by increasing investments in science and technology.

“Investing in domestic semiconductor manufacturing will lower costs at home, create nearly 100,000 jobs, and enhance the United States’ national security,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. I am pleased to join my colleagues in seizing this opportunity by passing the CHIPS and Science Act. This legislation represents a major step forward for American leadership in the 21st Century. 

“But our supply chain issues go beyond just semiconductors. Congress must build on the CHIPS and Science Act by equipping the Department of Commerce with the tools and resources it needs to monitor other critical supply chains and avoid potential disruptions. While I am pleased to pass the CHIPS and Science Act, I will continue to work with my colleagues to finish the job by passing my Supply CHAIN Act and the other important components of the supply chain resilience subtitle from the America COMPETES Act.” 

Last Year, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux, joined Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16), introduced the bipartisan Supply CHAIN Act. This legislation would create an Office of Supply Chain Resiliency and Crisis Response within the Department of Commerce to monitor supply chains of critical goods and materials and plan for and respond to supply chain disruptions. The Supply CHAIN Act was included in the America COMPETES Act as part of the supply chain resilience subtitle, the contents of which are supported by over 130 organizations and industry groups.

The Supply CHAIN Act would: 

  • Create an Office of Supply Chain Resiliency and Crisis Response at the Department of Commerce, headed by an Under Secretary of Commerce.
    • Goals of the office:
      • Promote the leadership of the United States in critical industries and supply chains
      • Encourage partnerships and collaboration between the Federal Government and industry, labor organizations, and state and local governments; and
      • Monitor the resilience, diversity, security, and strength of supply chains and critical industries
    • The office could advance these goals by, among other things:
      • Identifying opportunities to reduce supply chain gaps and vulnerabilities
      • Establishing a coordination group (and appropriate subgroups) with private sector partners to plan for and respond to supply chain shocks and support the resiliency, diversity, security, and strength of supply chains
      • Working with existing authorities at the Department of Commerce and in coordination with the Department of State and the United States Trade Representative to promote diversified and resilient supply chains
    • The office would be responsible for issuing a quadrennial National Strategic Plan for Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation which would include: 
      • Insights and recommendations to improve the security and resiliency of supply chains and to support the creation of jobs through the growth of American manufacturing
      • Guidance to relevant agencies with respect to critical goods and services, equipment, and technologies which should be prioritized
      • Reviews and recommendations for expanding the sourcing of critical goods and services, equipment, and technology from allies or key partners of the United States. 

View the one-pager here. 

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.