High U.S. Senate Democrat directs lawmakers to craft invoice to counter China By Reuters


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By Richard Cowan and Alexandra Alper

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer mentioned on Tuesday he has directed lawmakers to craft a package deal of measures to counter China’s rise, capitalizing on bipartisan hardline sentiment on Beijing in Congress to strengthen the U.S. tech sector and counter unfair practices.

Schumer mentioned at a weekly press convention that he has directed committees to craft a bipartisan invoice based mostly on laws he proposed final 12 months searching for funding of $100 billion to spur analysis in key tech areas, from synthetic intelligence to quantum computing and semiconductors.

This 12 months’s package deal would goal funding in U.S. manufacturing, science and expertise, provide chains and semiconductors, Schumer mentioned, including he intends to have a invoice on the Senate ground by “this spring”.

“At the moment on our caucus name I directed the chairs and members of our related committees to begin drafting a legislative package deal to out-compete China and create new American jobs,” Schumer mentioned on the press convention.

As a part of the package deal, senators are additionally taking a look at offering emergency funding to implement bipartisan semiconductor packages included in final 12 months’s Nationwide Protection Authorization Act, which units total U.S. army spending and the Pentagon insurance policies backed up by that spending.

“I need this invoice to deal with America’s short-term and long-term plan to guard our semiconductor provide chain and hold us No. 1 in AI (synthetic intelligence), 5G (subsequent era communications community), quantum computing, biomedical analysis, storage, all of these items are a part of the invoice,” Schumer mentioned.

The legislative drive comes as Republican China hawks have stepped up strain on Democratic President Joe Biden to stay to his Republican predecessor Donald Trump’s hardline insurance policies on Beijing.

The Biden administration has mentioned it’s conducting a evaluate of China packages and promised a troublesome however extra multilateral method to Beijing.

The announcement additionally comes as some U.S. automakers have slowed manufacturing attributable to a scarcity of semiconductor chips, scarce partly attributable to a pandemic-era growth in shopper urge for food for extra cell telephones and computer systems.

The Semiconductor Business Affiliation welcomed Schumer’s announcement and urged Biden and Congress to take a position “boldly” in home semiconductor manufacturing and analysis.

“Doing so will assist hold the US on prime on this foundational expertise, whereas additionally strengthening America’s economic system, job creation, nationwide safety, and significant infrastructure,” SIA CEO John Neuffer mentioned in a press release.

Beneath the prior laws that the invoice can be modeled on, the $100 billion in funding can be funneled over 5 years by a brand new expertise directorate to be put in on the Nationwide Science Basis. Beneath that proposal, a further $10 billion can be put aside for expertise hubs.

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers plans to fulfill with Biden on the White Home on Wednesday to debate provide chain points, together with semiconductor chips, Reuters reported.

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