Date: Feb. 4, 2022
Location: Washington, DC

On Friday, February 4, 2022, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted to pass H.R. 4521, America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength Act "COMPETES" Act of 2022, transformative legislation that will strengthen America's supply chain and empower the U.S. to outcompete China on the global economic stage.

"This bill makes critical investments that will allow America to be a leader in technology research and development," stated Congressman Gonzalez. "I'm proud to support this bill that will certainly strengthen our economy, promote American competitiveness, and expand opportunities for everyone, especially South Texans."

The America COMPETES Act includes bold, smart, and strategic investments to power the success of America's workers, businesses and economy -- based on bipartisan bills, many of which have already passed the House with bipartisan support -- including:

· Supercharging investments in semiconductor chips: with $52 billion to support U.S. production of semiconductors -- a key component in consumer electronics, cars, defense systems and other key products -- address supply chain disruptions that push up costs for families, bring back chips production to America and ensure that the U.S. leads the way on semiconductor fabrication.

· Strengthening supply chains and manufacturing at home: with $45 billion to support the manufacture and acquisition of critical goods or industrial equipment that are essential for national security and economic vitality -- including public health and biological preparedness, information and communications technology, the energy and transportation sector's industrial base, and agricultural commodities and food product supply chains.  COMPETES reduces our reliance on critical goods from countries of concern and encourages the relocation of manufacturing facilities out of these countries.

· Advancing American scientific research and innovation excellence: ensure that we lead the technologies of the future with a suite of bipartisan science, research and technology bills to turbocharge American innovation, focused squarely on producing solutions and results. COMPETES also maximizes the American talent pool by strengthening and diversifying our nation's STEM workforce.