WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) voted to pass landmark legislation to invest in American innovation and strengthen domestic supply chains. The bipartisan Chips and Science Act includes historic investment in scientific research and development, funding to support Hawaii’s transition to renewable energy, and tens of billions in federal funding for the domestic manufacturing of semiconductors, which are used in everything from cars to cell phones. The bill also includes Senator Hirono’s STEM Opportunities Act, which provides funding for guidance, research, data collection, and other activities to promote opportunities for women and minorities in STEM at colleges and universities and federal science agencies.
The Chips and Science Act passed the Senate by a vote of 64-33, and now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
“Building strong and resilient supply chains is critical to ensuring the U.S. remains competitive in the 21st century,” said Senator Hirono. “The Chips and Science Act delivers the robust funding needed to strengthen our supply chains while also providing historic investment in our nation’s research and development infrastructure to help ensure the United States remains the global leader in innovation. I’m especially glad that this bill includes several provisions to diversify our innovation ecosystem by building pathways for women, people of color, and other marginalized communities to pursue careers in science and research, including my STEM Opportunities Act. These provisions will help ensure that we are benefiting from the insights, innovation, and creativity of all Americans as we work to develop innovative solutions to the challenges of tomorrow.”
Among the bill’s many provisions, the Chips and Science Act:
A section-by-section summary of the legislation is available here.