WASHINGTON (July 28): The United States (US) Senate overwhelmingly approved a US$280 billion measure Wednesday to boost US computer chip production in a bid to counter China, reported Anadolu Agency.
The 64-33 vote sends the legislation to the House of Representatives, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi has voiced confidence that there is sufficient support in the chamber to quickly ensure its passage.
The bill marks what would be one of the largest public investments in science, technology and manufacturing in decades and includes billions of dollars for the National Science Foundation and would provide tax breaks to incentivise investments in semiconductor manufacturing.
"This will create good-paying jobs, make microchips in the US, alleviate clogged supply chains, boost America’s security interests, & lower costs," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the bill's sponsor, said on Twitter.
The House Rules Committee will next take up the CHIPS and Science Act, and Pelosi said the House would "proudly pass this essential legislation."
US President Joe Biden is all but certain to pass the legislation once it clears the House, completing one of his top legislative agenda items.