MADISON, Wis. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4521 – America COMPETES Act of 2022, bringing the bill one step closer to becoming law. Despite the bill addressing supply chain issues, investing in American manufacturing and job creation, and holding China accountable for their illicit economic practices, Johnson tried to kill the legislation in the Senate.
“Ron Johnson has failed to address supply chain issues, or hold China accountable – all he’s concerned about in Washington is his self-serving agenda that leaves Wisconsin behind,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Senate Communications Advisor Philip Shulman.
What Johnson Voted Against:
- The bill allocated billions for the semiconductor industry, an investment that could be beneficial to Wisconsin.
- The United States only produces 12% of the world’s microchips, so increasing production at home would make America less dependent on foreign manufacturers while providing good paying jobs to Wisconsinites.
- “A growing chorus says that decreased production levels…are a threat to America’s competitiveness, national security and supply chain resilience. Clearly, momentum is building for more fabs in the U.S.”
- Wisconsin’s workforce could benefit from the tens of billions of dollars in technological and manufacturing research investments as well as technological education and training programs.
- In addition to investing in Wisconsin workers and making the U.S. less dependent on foreign manufacturing, the legislation would hold China accountable for their cybersecurity threats, theft of U.S. intellectual property, and economic malfeasance.