Sinema describes the importance of chips and the law of science at the ASU Panel on American Leadership, Innovation, and Manufacturing

Senator strikes bipartisan deal and breaks partisan gridlock, allowing legislation to pass into law

WASHINGTON – Arizona Senior Senator Kirsten Sinema speaks at an Arizona State University (ASU) panel moderated by ASU President Michael Crowe about what her landmark Chip and Science Act means, legislation that makes an unprecedented investment in American semiconductor manufacturing – for Arizona’s national security, research, innovation, workforce development and economic future.

Sinema joined Republican Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) to detail how the historic package came together and won broad bipartisan support in the US Senate and to discuss implementation of the transformative law.

“Our Chips and Science Act represents a common-sense, bipartisan effort to strengthen our supply chains, address supply delays and grow domestic manufacturing by — in part — boosting our nation’s investment in semiconductor manufacturing.” Increasing semiconductor manufacturing at home ensures our national security, lowers prices and creates thousands of new, high-paying jobs in Arizona,” Sinema said.

Approximately 90% of the world’s chip manufacturing capacity is outside the United States. Now that the Sinema Chips and Science Act is law, the federal government will partner with corporations and universities like ASU, a nationally recognized innovation leader, to help close this gap and restore America’s global leadership in semiconductor manufacturing .

During the panel, Sinema discussed how Washington’s partisan political games threatened the size and scope of the Chip and Science Act and threatened Congress’ ability to pass robust legislation that addresses economic challenges now and shapes the economy in the future. Unwilling to let political games get in the way of bipartisan progress on a one-time investment in American manufacturing, Sinema worked with Republican Sen. Todd Young (D-Ind.) to gather colleagues and find common ground. Ultimately, the legislation received the bipartisan support of 64 senators.

The Sinema-shaped Chips and Science Act provides more than $52 billion to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing amid a global semiconductor shortage, reducing dependence on foreign countries like China and boosting the United States’ global competitiveness. The historic investment will support tens of thousands of jobs in Arizona alone.

The Act also modernizes the federal government’s approach to science, improves the National Science Foundation, increases the STEM workforce, and expands our nation’s global leadership in innovation, research and development—keeping the United States ahead of China and other global competitors in technological advancement . The law also includes key provisions that ensure that none of the historic investment in innovation, manufacturing or development can go to China – keeping the law’s focus on America and boosting American jobs.

Sinema ensured the law reauthorizes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), including provisions she drafted as leader of the Subcommittee on Space — directing NASA to fund key scientific research at Arizona universities, maintain the International Space Station and send the first woman to the moon .

During the negotiations that ultimately led to the legislation’s success, Sinema heard consistently from Arizona growers about how the plan would ease current supply chain challenges, get goods to store shelves faster and expand economic opportunity in Arizona and across the country.

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