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July 20, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Statement in Response to Senate Motion to Proceed on Semiconductor Chips and R&D Priorities

(Washington, DC)— Last night, the Senate agreed to a motion to proceed on science and innovation legislation that includes provisions on semiconductor chips and research and development priorities.

Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement.

“The legislation that moved forward in the Senate last night, H.R. 4346, represents months of bipartisan and bicameral negotiations. The majority of this bill is made up of bipartisan provisions that started in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology—which I am privileged to lead. They were built with rigorous input from the scientific community, industry, academia, and other stakeholders on what they need most to succeed in the 21st century. I am grateful to Ranking Member Frank Lucas and his colleagues for their constructive collaboration on those provisions.

“In this bill we are putting forth strong initiatives at NSF, NIST, NOAA, DOE, and NASA. We’re building a diverse STEM workforce ready to tackle the challenges we face, we’re strengthening our manufacturing capabilities, we’re revitalizing American science and innovation, we’re fighting the climate crisis, and so much more. And we’re doing it all with the needs of each and every American in mind.

“Of course, after months of negotiating between the House and the Senate on an innovation package, compromises had to be made. And not everyone is going to get all that they originally wanted—including me. But that is the nature of compromise. We need to recognize the urgency of acting on these provisions and getting this legislation to the President for his signature. I hope all my colleagues will come together to meet this moment, support what we have worked so hard to come to agreements on, and get this legislation enacted into law.”

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