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Senator Hassan, Colleagues’ Bipartisan Bill to Lower Costs, Invest in American Manufacturing, and Outcompete China Heads to President’s Desk

The Chips and Science Act Will Boost Manufacturing and Research in NH and Across the Country, Helping Lower Costs and Strengthening Economic and National Security

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives today passed Senator Maggie Hassan and colleagues’ bipartisan legislation to strengthen supply chains, lower costs, and outcompete countries like China by investing in American research and manufacturing, especially for semiconductors. The legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

 

“Today we are sending to the President’s desk bipartisan legislation that will lower costs for Granite Staters and Americans, increase manufacturing here in America, and help us outcompete countries like China,” said Senator Hassan. “I am proud to have worked with my Republican and Democratic colleagues alike to develop this bill that will soon be signed into law and will significantly strengthen our economic and national security.”

 

Key Priorities

 

Key parts of Senator Hassan and colleagues’ legislation include:

 

  • More than $50 billion to increase semiconductor manufacturing and research and development in the U.S., which could support New Hampshire businesses like BAE Systems in Nashua that produce semiconductors
  • As companies like China’s Huawei builds out next-generation wireless technology in America and across the globe, the legislation invests $1.5 billion to strengthen telecommunication technology research and development here at home, so we can install our own technology and outcompete China
  • Strengthening American manufacturing across the board, including by increasing authorizations for:
    • The Manufacturing Extension Partnership in New Hampshire that supports small and medium-sized NH businesses
    • Manufacturing USA, which includes Manchester’s Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) that is developing the cutting edge of medical technology and biofabrication
  • Authorizing federal funding for New Hampshire and other states to expand workforce training programs in science, engineering, and manufacturing fields and developing partnerships with educational institutes and federal laboratories
  • Creating a new tech and innovation division at the National Science Foundation to research and develop industries critical to our economy and national defense
  • Further growing the government’s research and development of renewable energy technologies
  • Bipartisan legislation Senator Hassan introduced with Senator John Thune (R-SD) to strengthen national security by advancing U.S. quantum capabilities – which are essential for cybersecurity and military technology – and establishing a more comprehensive approach to workforce development in advanced science and technology fields

 

New Hampshire Business Support

 

At events throughout New Hampshire, business leaders have shared with Senator Hassan the importance of passing this legislation, including during a roundtable discussion that Senator Hassan hosted in Milford earlier this year and a visit to BAE Systems in Nashua

 

“I think getting ahead of China is really a smart move,” said Dave Patterson, President and CEO of Cirtronics Corporation at the roundtable. “There's two parts of that, which is the risk of us being so dependent on any country for our own safety and our own wherewithal to exist is certainly a very critical issue.”

 

“First, I am glad that the U.S. government is starting to pay attention,” said Gray Chynoweth, CEO and Director of Minim in Manchester at the roundtable. “We have an industrial policy that no longer works for American workers and no longer works for American businesses. As Bob Dylan once said ‘The Times They Are A-Changing’ -- businesses are working like the Dickens to keep up, and we are excited that American government policies are starting to change with the times. Second, I'm glad that the policies we're discussing today, and the ones that have been passed and are being debated in Washington, are enabling and focused on resiliency, as you talked about.”

 

“BAE Systems would like to thank U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan for taking the time to tour our Microelectronics Center,” said James Li, director of Microelectronics at BAE Systems. “As a leading provider of defense electronics, we look forward to working with Senator Hassan on critical supply chain issues and legislation before Congress that will help maintain our nation's industrial security.”

 

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