Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-01) issued the following statement after voting for the CHIPS-Plus Act. The bill invests in semiconductor and chip manufacturing in America, boosts scientific research at West Virginia's higher education institutions, protects America's chip supply chain and allows the United States to compete with China on the world stage.
"Everyone should be able to agree that the lack of American-made semiconductor chips threatens our national security and is fueling inflation," said Rep. McKinley. "So, what is the solution?"
"Computer chips are in everything around us -- from smartphones to cars to weapons systems. If we've learned anything from the pandemic and supply chain crisis, it's that America simply can't sit back and let China dominate this sector."
"Opponents of this bill say we should let the free market work. The problem with that is that communist China is not abiding by those rules, and other foreign countries are offering tax breaks to locate overseas. Without providing appropriate incentives we will never encourage chips manufacturers to move back to America once again."
"What will change if we wait longer to get a "better" deal? This will simply allow China to further outpace us and make America weaker and less secure. Those who understand the Chinese threat the most -- including senior officials from the Trump Administration -- support this bill. We should not risk America's security to play political games."