Problem Solvers Caucus and Senate Partners Come Together to Discuss Bringing Chip Manufacturing Back to the U.S.

November 24, 2021
Press Release

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Problem Solvers Caucus held a press conference last week with Senator Mark Warner (VA-D) and Senator John Cornyn (TX-R) to discuss fully funding initiatives to increase domestic semiconductor production. Members from both parties and both chambers highlighted the strategic importance of bringing chip manufacturing back to the United States. Watch the Problem Solvers Caucus press conference here

 

“If we want to bring jobs back to American manufacturing, if we want to guarantee the security of our supply chain, if we want to say to our allies around the world that America is back in the game, we’ve got to get this piece of legislation through,” said Senator Mark Warner.

 

“There’s probably no greater vulnerability in the United States from a national security and economic perspective than our dependency on supply chains of semiconductors that are made outside of the country, primarily Asia, and then shipped here to the United States,” said Senator John Cornyn. “This is an example of how we solve problems, we identify problems, vulnerabilities, things that we need to do, and we get ‘em done. And we’re about halfway there and we’re looking forward to working with our friends in the House, the Problem Solvers Caucus, to get this over the finish line.”

 

“The shortage of microchips is not only dire for our economy — it goes right to the heart of our national security. Growing our domestic semiconductor manufacturing capacity is critical. Otherwise, we will continue to be dangerously dependent on a foreign-based supply of semiconductor technology,” said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05). “That is why it's absolutely critical the we fully invest in the CHIPS Act and bring semiconductor manufacturing back to the United States.”

 

“I was proud to join my PSC and Senate colleagues in a bipartisan call to get American semiconductor manufacturing back on track,” said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01). “Semiconductors play a vital role in American innovation, national security, and job creation, and we can no longer afford to be dependent on foreign suppliers. Now is the time to act.”

 

As the semiconductor shortage persists and manufacturers remain uncertain of future U.S. policy regarding production, Members emphasized that Congress must act promptly to pass full funding for the CHIPS for America Act. This is essential to support millions of workers and a range of U.S. industries adversely impacted, including the automotive, defense, and technology sectors.

 

The bipartisan, bicameral press conference was another step in the Problem Solvers Caucus’ efforts to build support in Congress to expand our nation’s onshore presence of semiconductor manufacturing and strengthen our supply chains. Last month, the Caucus endorsed a statement in support of funding the CHIPS for America Act.