FLASHBACK: House GOP Sided with CCP Over American Jobs
February 7, 2023
Tonight’s a great time for a reminder that while President Biden worked across the aisle to boost America’s competitiveness with China, House Republican leadership whipped their caucus to side with the Chinese Communist Party over legislation to bring manufacturing jobs home.
Last Congress, Kevin McCarthy led 187 House Republicans to vote against the CHIPS and Science Act — legislation to help lower costs and bring manufacturing jobs back to America.
The Hill: “House Republican leadership [urged] members of its conference to vote against a bill to bolster the domestic chip manufacturing industry and fund scientific research, a reversal from its position earlier in the day that comes hours after Senate Democrats struck a deal on a multibillion-dollar reconciliation package.”
CNBC: “Republican leaders urged Congress to vote against the Chips and Science Act after Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin revealed that they have struck a deal on a sweeping reconciliation bill.”
CNBC: “When the CHIPS Act became law, it spurred a wave of investment announcements by semiconductor companies, including Micron, which at the time pledged $40 billion through 2030 for U.S. chip manufacturing, saying it would create up to 40,000 domestic jobs. Qualcomm also committed to buying an additional $4.2 billion worth of chips from GlobalFoundries’ plant in New York. Intel had said its plans to invest up to $100 billion in chip manufacturing in Ohio relied heavily on the federal legislation.”
By voting against the CHIPS Act, Republicans also voted against strengthening our supply chains and reducing our dependence on China.
NBC News: “[The CHIPS Act] is no small feat… it would authorize tens of billions more for science programs and regional technology hubs to keep the U.S. competitive with its rivals.”
Washington Post: “[The CHIPS Act] would provide $52 billion in subsidies to domestic semiconductor manufacturers… in a bid to strengthen the United States’ competitiveness and self-reliance in what is seen as a keystone industry for economic and national security.”
Scott Wong, NBC News: “McCAUL, senior Republican: ‘Guess who came out today, strongly opposed to the CHIPS bill? The Chinese Communist Party. If you want to know who hates this bill, who lobbies against it, the Chinese Communist Party. Why? Because they know it’ll help us compete against them.’”