Jacobs votes for legislation to boost semiconductor chip manufacturing in US

Posted 29 July 2022 at 7:26 am

Press Release, Congressman Chris Jacobs

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4346 – CHIPS-Plus.

This legislation passed the House of Representatives in a 243-187 vote and passed the Senate earlier this week 64-33.

“The COVID pandemic highlighted our overdependence on China, especially in terms of semiconductor chips which are now critical components in nearly every product and machine impacting our daily lives. China holds a major share of this market, and should they ever take over Taiwan – which is another major producer of semiconductors – our nation’s supply would be in jeopardy,” Jacobs said. “We need to urgently ‘re-shore’ chip manufacturing and bolster domestic production, this legislation will make that possible.”

“CHIPS-Plus also presents an opportunity for our region. The City of Buffalo has an opportunity to land one of the twenty tech hubs established in the bill and Genesee County has a great potential to land a semiconductor manufacturer. This could mean numerous high paying jobs and a transformational leap for our regional economy,” Jacobs said.

“This legislation is a bipartisan achievement for our economy and our nation’s security – I am proud to have voted for it, and look forward to it being signed into law,” said Jacobs.

Editor’s Note: Gov. Kathy Hochul issued this statement on the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act:

“The passage of the federal CHIPS and Science Act will create a stronger, brighter economic future for New York. Thanks to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and members of the New York congressional delegation, this bill will help position the United States as a global leader in producing the chips that power our phones, cars, and computers. With household costs at an all-time high and the steady rise of inflation, the CHIPS and Science Act will boost innovation, create good manufacturing jobs, and make everyday technology more affordable. I look forward to President Biden’s signature on this historic legislation.

“Here in New York, the CHIPS and Science Act will also bring record investment and countless jobs to industrial areas, which is why we’re working just as hard at the state-level to cement our status as a leader in chip production. New York’s Green CHIPS bill, which passed overwhelmingly in the legislature with bipartisan support, will grow the state’s semiconductor industry responsibly and sustainably with major investments in workforce and community development. The combination of the state and federal CHIPS bills – in addition to our diverse talent pool, rich local resources, and ongoing investments – will help New York create 21st century jobs and technologies and become a global capital for chip manufacturing.”