Congressman David Scott (GA-13), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement on his vote to pass the America COMPETES Act, a bold and transformative legislative package to strengthen U.S. supply chains and American manufacturing, supercharge American production of chips, research and ensure that America can outcompete any nation in the world.
“American goods made by American workers benefit consumers, blue-collar families and businesses alike across the country,” said Congressman David Scott. “With once-in-a-generation investments in technological innovation, U.S. supply chains and domestic manufacturing, the America COMPETES Act will help to boost every corner of our economy, including communities that have historically been left behind, and cement America’s leadership on the world stage for decades to come.”
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.
Promoting U.S. global leadership: positioning the interests and values of the United States, not China, to win on the world stage, including with strong action to hold the PRC accountable for its trade abuses, which hurt U.S. workers, and for its human rights violations, including the genocide against the Uyghurs.