In Letter to Congress, Mayors Recently Endorsed the Legislation and Called for its Passage
Washington, DC – Following action yesterday in the Senate, today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the CHIPS and Science Act, sending the bill to the President for his signature. The legislation makes critical investments in American semiconductor manufacturing as well as high tech research. Earlier this month, The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter to congressional leaders endorsing the semiconductor legislation and urging swift passage in the House and Senate. In response to today’s vote, USCM President Miami Mayor Francis Suarez issued the following statement.
“American cities are hubs for manufacturing and innovation, and federal investments like this will help make sure the United States stays ahead of our foreign competition. Mayors have urged lawmakers in Washington to recognize that maintaining our technological leadership is essential to both our economy and our national security. With supply chain disruptions and cost spikes, we have seen the consequences of being too reliant on other nations. This bill also prioritizes education in science and engineering so that we continue to have a strong pipeline of innovation and technological leadership in this country. Committing to significant increases in research and development and investing in a high-tech workforce is critical to the economic strength of cities across the country. Mayors are grateful to the bipartisan leadership in Congress for continuing to forge ahead and getting this landmark legislation done. This bill is a reminder that bipartisanship is still possible when we focus on solutions over politics. Today the United States is stronger, and our future is more secure because of this action.”