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August 09, 2023

Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren Celebrates One Year of CHIPS and Science, Calls for Action to Support American Science

SAN JOSE, CA – Today marks the first anniversary of the enactment of the CHIPS and Science Act. CHIPS and Science was spearheaded by Members of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and was signed into law by President Biden on August 9, 2022.

“When President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law one year ago, Democrats in Congress and the Administration made it clear to the world: the United States can and will lead in science and innovation,” said Ranking Member Lofgren. “Since then, Americans across the country are seeing up close the promise this law can bring to the nation. From semiconductor manufacturing facility groundbreakings to programs to foster innovation ecosystems and strengthen STEM opportunities for all—the CHIPS and Science Act is making an impact. Democrats are delivering on their promise to invest in America by building a diverse STEM workforce, revitalizing our manufacturing sector, boosting the economy, and ensuring the US remains competitive.

Ranking Member Lofgren continued, “However, the law remains only partially funded. Funding for the CHIPS portion of the law has been allocated. But funding for the Science portion of the law has not been fully allocated. Funding levels for science have so far fallen short of what was enacted. Speaker McCarthy and extreme MAGA Republicans have been hard at work all Congress to slash funding for American science, including support for our premiere agencies like NASA, NSF, and DOE. Speaker McCarthy and extreme MAGA Republicans are on a mission to cede our leadership in science to China. If we do not invest to build up our scientific enterprise, other countries will beat us to it. They already are.”

The CHIPS and Science Act makes historic investments to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackle supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, bolster America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthen America’s economic and national security at home and abroad. The CHIPS portion of the bill has been funded, while the transformative funding in the science portion of the bill remains to be allocated.