Momentum Builds in Washington to Protect and Re-Shore Semiconductor Supply Chains

Both the Biden Administration and the U.S. Congress are focused on reducing the national security risk from China-based semiconductor supply chains. On March 17th, a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Facilitating American-Built Semiconductors Act (FABS Act), a piece of legislation designed to “drive long term investment into the United States for the design and manufacturing of semiconductor chips.” This is in response to the fact that, as the office of Congressman Mike Kelly notes, “As global competitiveness for semiconductor control has intensified, countries like Communist China have provided incentives to draw companies to manufacture semiconductors on their soil.” Days later, at a bipartisan Department of Commerce roundtable on March 21st, Secretary Gina Raimondo hosted Senator Todd Young,… Read More

McMorris Rodgers Tapped for Energy & Commerce Committee

This week House Republicans named U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA) to head the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees technology policy. Rep. McMorris Rogers will be the first woman to hold the leadership position. A China hawk, Rep. McMorris Rodgers has been a staunch advocate for tough controls on technology exports to the People’s Republic of China. Importantly, she has fought to bolster American competitiveness. In August she introduced the American Competitiveness on More Productive Emerging Tech Economy (COMPETE) Act, which passed unanimously out of the House. “To maintain our global competitive edge, win the future, and beat China, it’s crucial that the U.S. lead on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Quantum Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other… Read More