Over 100 CEOs urge US Congress to pass China competition bill

Legislation includes $52b in federal funding to expand US semiconductor manufacturing capacity

Reuters June 15, 2022
A researcher plants a semiconductor on an interface board during a research work to design and develop a semiconductor product at Tsinghua Unigroup research centre in Beijing, China, February 29, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS


Chief executives from Alphabet Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp on Wednesday called on Congress to pass legislation aimed at boosting US economic competitiveness against China, including in chip manufacturing.

Those executives and more than 100 others signed a letter urging the US House of Representatives and Senate, which each have passed different versions of the legislation, to reach an agreement and send a bill to President Joe Biden for his signature.

Legislators will break for a summer recess in August, after which most observers expect lawmakers to shift their attention to this fall's midterm elections.

Also read: Semiconductor industry can bring $4b annually

"Our global competitors are investing in their industry, their workers, and their economies, and it is imperative that Congress act to enhance US competitiveness," said the letter

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), which organised the letter signing, said the letter was the largest group of corporate leaders so far to endorse the bill.

The legislation includes $52 billion in federal funding to expand US semiconductor manufacturing capacity, which happens in factories called "fabs," short for fabrication plants.

“The leaders of our industry are under pressure to get fabs up to respond to the growing demand for chips. And they can't wait,” SIA CEO John Neuffer said, adding that the bill would “ensure that more of those fabs are going to be built in the US rather than overseas”.

The SIA is also calling for an investment tax credit for semiconductor manufacturing and design in the competitiveness legislation.

Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he hoped lawmakers could complete the legislation by the end of the month. He added that Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told him “he is not going to do anything to oppose or undermine consideration of this bill.”


Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

Most Read