Calling semiconductors “the basic components of the modern economy,” President Joe Biden asked Congress on Monday to act quickly and send a bipartisan bill designed to boost the computer chip industry and high-tech research. in the United States.
Originally, the Senate was expected to hold a critical vote tonight to promote the legislation, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, announced that storms on the East Coast had disrupted travel plans. de varios senadores y que retrasaría la votación hasta el martes por la mañana.
The bill needs the support of at least 60 senators to overcome procedural obstacles and put it on the road to final approval at the end of this week, which will give Biden a distinctive victory in legislation that his administration says is necessary to protect national security and help the EU compete better with China.
The bill provides around 52,000 million dollars in subsidies and other incentives for the semiconductor industry, as well as a 25% fiscal credit for companies that build chip plants in the US. Los partisans say that these incentives are necessary to compete with other nations that are also spending thousands of millions of dollars. dollars to attract manufacturers.
La pandemia ha puesto de relieve cuanto depende Estados Unidos de los manufacturers de semiconductores el extranjero para procurir los chips utilizadores en automobiles, computadoras, electrodomesticos y armas de systems. The administration of Biden has warned the legislators that they must act before the resignation of August to guarantee that companies invest in American factories instead of building plants in other places.
Biden, who is still recovering from COVID-19, held a virtual roundtable with members of his administration and industry leaders on the merits of the bill. He said that the shortage of semiconductors was the main driver of the increase in the costs of automobiles, which is the main component of the inflation that affects the country.
Biden said that the United States depends on Taiwan for the production of the most advanced chips and that China is also starting to overtake the United States in the manufacture of these chips.
“Estados Unidos inventó el semiconductor. Es hora de traerlo a casa,” said Biden.
The Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, said that chip manufacturers are finalizing investment plans and that the money provided through the law project will be fundamental in these decisions.
“Sabemos que se proširirán, porque tienen que hacerlo para satisfarer la demanda.” No hay dudas al respecto”, said Raimondo to Biden. “La pregunta es, ¿dónde se proširarán?” Y los queremos, necesitamos que se expandan aquí en Estados Unidos”.
The leaders of Medtronic, a manufacturer of medical devices, as well as Cummins Inc. y el defense contractor Lockheed Martin, también le raised to the president the need for the law project.
“Like others on the table, we face a supply chain crisis. We can’t get the components we need, and the semiconductors are always at the top of the list,” said Tom Linebarger, president and executive director. de Cummins Inc., que fabrica motores diesel.
[Con información de The Associated Press]
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