WASHINGTON, D.C.– Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after voting against the CHIPS and Science Act, an expansive bill that lacks provisions to safeguard taxpayer dollars and keep investments narrowly targeted to U.S.-China competition.
“Congress should have taken a much more responsible approach to this issue and advanced legislation that is laser-focused on the challenge we face from the Chinese Communist Party. Instead, the science division of the bill diverges widely from the Endless Frontier Act, and rather than making targeted investments in strategically vital technology areas, spreads federal dollars across special interest constituencies largely divorced from our existential competition with the CCP. At the same time, the bill fails to include bipartisan and bicameral provisions, such as the American Security Drone Act, that are directly tied to the CCP threat. Congress can do better and should have cancelled August recess to ensure this bill was done the right way.”