Groups Urge Commerce to Hang Tough on CHIPS Act Requirements

Childcare and workforce requirements will ensure work gets done on time

May 1, 2023

On Monday, Chamber of Progress and the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) expressed their support for Department of Commerce rules incentivizing CHIPS Act funding recipients to meet labor and transparency standards. The letter from Chamber of Progress and National ACE follows criticism of CHIPS Act implementation from Republican lawmakers and prospective funding recipients.

Read the full letter to the Department of Commerce here.

“The CHIPS Act envisions a historic buildout of America’s semiconductor manufacturing infrastructure,” said Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich. “To get the job done on time and on budget, Commerce is incentivizing companies to grow our workforce and be transparent in their use of taxpayer dollars. These standards aren’t political, they’re about getting semiconductor manufacturing up and running as soon as possible.”

The process of constructing chips manufacturing infrastructure will require an estimated 100,000 U.S. workers to build plants that are some of the largest the world has ever seen. To make these historic facilities operational, chip plants will require another 42,000 workers on a permanent basis.

To ensure the work is completed on time, the Department of Commerce CHIPS Act Notice of Funding Opportunity incentivizes participating employers to overcome obstacles that have historically excluded women and minority communities from the workforce; offer competitive benefits and rely on fair labor practices; and guarantee the transparent and targeted use of taxpayer dollars.


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