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SIA Calls for House Passage of Bipartisan Research Bills
Several bipartisan bills passed by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the Future Act (H.R. 4609), would facilitate U.S. science and technology leadership; SIA CEO John Neuffer urges House to approve this legislation and calls on Congress to include robust funding for domestic chip production, innovation as these bills advance
WASHINGTON—Aug. 3, 2021—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today released the following statement from President and CEO John Neuffer calling for House passage of several bills approved by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the Future Act (H.R. 4609). The bill seeks to maintain and build on U.S. science and technology leadership by increasing authorized funding levels for research at NIST, as well as by expanding NIST’s role in telecommunications and quantum research. The bill, co-sponsored by House Science Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), was approved by the committee on Tuesday, July 27. SIA represents 98% of the U.S. semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-U.S. chip firms.
“The bipartisan NIST for the Future Act will help sharpen America’s edge in research and innovation. The U.S. semiconductor industry relies on foundational research at NIST and other federal research agencies to help create the technologies of the future. We thank the bill’s sponsors for their bipartisanship and leadership in promoting American innovation, and we call on all House members to approve this important legislation. As the legislation advances, we urge Congress to include $52 billion to fund the critical semiconductor research, design, and manufacturing initiatives in the CHIPS for America Act. Investing in domestic chip technology and innovation will help reinforce America’s economy, national security, and global competitiveness.”
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