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Bill Johnson: U.S. Microchip Production is Critical to National Security

Leads Effort with Ohio Reps. Gonzalez and Balderson Urging Congressional Leaders to Promote U.S. CHIP Manufacturing

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) today led 8 of his Ohio colleagues in sending a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to prioritize domestic semiconductor and microchip manufacturing in America. The letter specifically called on Congressional leaders to fully fund the CHIPS For America Act, legislation that would establish investments and incentives to support U.S. semiconductor manufacturing, research and development, and supply chain security.

“For far too long, the United States has relied on foreign nations to produce the microchips and semiconductors used in products that the American people need and demand every day. That must end immediately,” said Congressman Bill Johnson. “Manufacturing chips abroad in countries like China threatens our national security and takes jobs away from our unmatched workforce. America invented microchip technology, and it was a big mistake to share it with countries like China. I look forward to working with my colleagues further on this effort to bring chip manufacturing back home.”

“The United States’ national security, automotive sector, and other critical industries are dependent on the timely access to semiconductor chips,” said Congressman Anthony Gonzalez. “It is troublesome to see most of this production outsourced overseas, particularly to adversaries like China, and it is critical we bring manufacturing back to the United States. I am glad to join my Ohio colleagues in sending a letter to Congressional leaders advocating that we fully fund the CHIPS for America Act to help the U.S. can regain leadership in the manufacturing of this critical technology.”

“Restoring American leadership as a producer of advanced computer chip technology is critically important in strengthening U.S. supply chain resiliency and addressing our over-reliance on foreign suppliers for components vital to our national defense,” said Congressman Troy Balderson. “In addition to its potential for creating good-paying tech jobs, this investment takes a major step toward addressing the national chip shortage and would mark a significant milestone in our efforts to lessen dependence on overseas manufacturers.”

These sentiments reflect those expressed in a letter to members of the Ohio Congressional delegation from JobsOhio and other Ohio economic development organizations on November 4, 2021, which stated, “Ohio has a unique opportunity to directly benefit from this legislative action by attracting generational investments from companies seeking to augment the domestic manufacturing of semiconductors. We believe that Ohio’s strong business climate, talented workforce, and ideal geographic location make our state a premier location for future semiconductor investments.”

Johnson was joined by Reps. Gonzalez, Balderson, Joyce, Wenstrup, Chabot, Turner, Latta and Carey of Ohio on the letter that was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). These efforts were echoed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine who recently called on the U.S. Congress approve $52 billion to promote the U.S. chip manufacturing industry.