November 29, 2022

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Congress approves bill to boost US production of computer chips; Sullivan votes no.


Moonrise around the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 18, 2021. (Brett Davis)

Congress on Thursday handed a $280 billion monthly bill to subsidize domestic production of personal computer chips and invest in science and technological know-how innovation.

Alaska’s sole vote on the monthly bill was U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s. He voted no. His business reported he did not have time this week for an interview on the subject matter.

Pc chips are utilised in every thing from mobile telephones and cars and trucks to airplanes and weapons techniques. 

In a current speech on the Senate flooring, Sullivan stated the bill discriminates against Alaska Native companies. The 1,054-web site semiconductor invoice describes roles for tribal governments and tribal colleges. It doesn’t specifically mention Alaska Native companies.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski was absent for the vote. She examined constructive for COVID not too long ago and was isolating in Alaska this 7 days. She issued a assertion indicating she would have voted of course.

“This laws is well timed and essential to addressing 1 of the greatest supply chain problems we’ve observed in the course of the COVID pandemic,” her statement claims. “By providing incentives and investments to maximize domestic security, we are having vital methods to enhance U.S. economic advancement, prevent potential provide shocks and price boosts, and secure countrywide security.”

The vote in the Senate was 64-33.

In the Residence, the invoice also handed with bipartisan guidance. Alaska has not experienced a consultant there due to the fact the loss of life of Congressman Don Youthful in March.