Cortez Masto urged the administration to send additional support to the US semiconductor manufacturing industry. | So Good News
November 18 2022
Washington DC Today, U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.); Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Reps. Dina Titus (D- Nev.), Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), Susie Lee (D-Nev.), Julia Brownley (D -Calif.), and CA Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) in a letter urging the US Department of Defense; (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Commerce to continue to strengthen microchip supply chains critical to U.S. military readiness and national security. In the letter, Lawmakers have called on those agencies to use their authority to subsidize American companies that make computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines that rely on microchips. CNC machines are important in manufacturing everything from cars and airplanes to military and medical equipment.
The CNC manufacturing industry supports our economy and national security. Haas Automation, the ultimate manufacturer of CNC machine tools, employs 1,700 highly skilled American workers in the U.S. and is currently creating more than 500 new jobs in Nevada, Nevada. A 2.2 million square foot facility is under construction in Henderson. Without federal help through the Defense Production Act to establish a microchip supply chain guaranteed to keep their businesses afloat as domestic chip production surges, Haas and other companies across the country could slow or even halt production due to severe chip shortages.
“We respectfully request your agencies’ continued leadership and assistance in considering expanded Defense Production Act Title I authority to ensure the microelectronics equipment needed to sustain production lines from the U.S. Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing base.” MPs wrote..
“Essential to U.S. national security, the U.S. CNC manufacturing base is facing severe production shutdowns . . . because not enough chips are getting through its U.S. distribution channels.” Members of Parliament continued.. “The U.S. needs a strong CNC manufacturing base to sustain the U.S. economy and maintain a growing military presence against China and other foreign competitors who threaten U.S. national security. Without the CHIPS Act increasing domestic chip production capacity for another 2-3 years, the U.S. CNC manufacturing base needs immediate, short-term relief to sustain production until U.S. chip manufacturing ramps up.”
You can see the full letter. Here.
Through her Innovation Nation Initiative; Senator Cortez Masto to improve Nevada’s competitiveness with the United States; To reduce supply chain backlog and technology; It is working to counter the Chinese government’s efforts to influence research and labor standards. She helped him get through. Potato sticks and the law of science; In addition to the American semiconductor manufacturing industry, to support two of her party members National Science Innovation and Technology Strategy Law Regular national reviews of national strategies and critical technologies are required., The Chinese government signed her bilateral law in 2020 to ensure it does not have undue influence on international technology standard-setting. She pushed for additional investments in semiconductors. Last year, to enhance Cortez Masto’s domestic critical mineral supply chain; Bills were included to expand domestic production of batteries and unlock smarter transportation technologies. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.