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posted by janrinok on Monday July 04 2022, @10:16PM   Printer-friendly
from the somebody-wants-more-bribes dept.

U.S. May Lose Silicon Wafer Factory If Congress Can't Fund CHIPS Act, Commerce Secretary Says

U.S. may lose silicon wafer factory if Congress can't fund CHIPS Act, commerce secretary says:

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told CNBC's Jim Cramer on Monday that she believes GlobalWafers will follow through on its plan to build a silicon wafer factory in Texas — but only if Congress passes funding for the CHIPS for America Act by the time the August recess begins.

"This investment that they're making is contingent upon Congress passing the CHIPS Act [funding]. The CEO told me that herself, and they reiterated that today," Raimondo said in an interview on "Mad Money."

"It has to be done before they go to August recess. I don't know how to say it any more plainly. This deal ... will go away, I think, if Congress doesn't act," she added.

GlobalWafers, a Taiwan-based semiconductor silicon wafer firm, said Monday that it plans to build a facility to produce the component in Sherman, Texas. The facility could create up to 1,500 jobs and produce 1.2 million wafers a month, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

The CHIPS (Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors) for America Act incentivizes investment in the U.S. semiconductor industry. While it was passed in January 2021, a funding package has not been approved by Congress.

McConnell Warns Dems of Fallout for Reviving Biden Bill

McConnell warns Dems of fallout for reviving Biden bill:

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell threatened Thursday to derail a bill designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the United States if Democrats revive their stalled climate and social policy package.

The rejuvenation of the Democratic reconciliation package, central to President Joe Biden's agenda, remains a work in progress and is far from certain. But with some signs of progress in the negotiations, McConnell is moving to complicate Democratic plans by warning that Republicans would react by stopping separate semiconductor legislation from moving over the finish line in the coming weeks, despite its bipartisan support.

"Let me be perfectly clear: there will be no bipartisan USICA as long as Democrats are pursuing a partisan reconciliation bill," McConnell tweeted, referring to the shorthand name for the computer chips bill that passed the Senate last year.

Both chambers of Congress have passed their versions of the legislation, which would include $52 billion in incentives for companies to locate chip manufacturing plants in the U.S. Lawmakers are now trying to reconcile the considerable differences between the two bills, but at a pace that has many supporters worried the job won't get done before lawmakers break for their August recess.


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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Mykl on Monday July 04 2022, @10:42PM (17 children)

    by Mykl (1112) on Monday July 04 2022, @10:42PM (#1258115)

    I believe what McConnell is doing is normally referred to as blackmail outside of politics. To hold up totally unrelated legislation, purely to hold another party hostage and tell them what they can and can't bring to the floor for debate, is extremely grubby and something he'd have a shitfit about if the tables were turned.

    I wonder what Fox, OAN etc would think if the position were reversed?

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  • (Score: 2) by corey on Monday July 04 2022, @11:02PM (12 children)

    by corey (2202) on Monday July 04 2022, @11:02PM (#1258119)

    Agree. This is political gaming. I mean, having sovereign wafer manufacturing is a net positive by any political stance, firstly it’s a major strategic thing. By not, you’re dependent entirely on a couple of countries over next to that big mean one with the red flag, one of which the big one thinks is part of them. Secondly, the jobs for decades doing high technology design and manufacturing is a politicians wet dream.

    I’m no American but I c’mon republicans, stop being stupid.

    I don’t know anything about that climate change bill but it probably is needed too.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by khallow on Monday July 04 2022, @11:23PM (6 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 04 2022, @11:23PM (#1258121) Journal
      Last I checked, cash for chips has terrible ROI. Either you have the business environment for that sort of manufacture, or you don't. And if you don't, bribing a bunch of manufacturers to put token factories in your country is a low return effort.
      • (Score: 0, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 04 2022, @11:39PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 04 2022, @11:39PM (#1258122)

        Check again, commie, because the Democrats never spend money without doing a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis.

      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Mykl on Tuesday July 05 2022, @02:06AM (3 children)

        by Mykl (1112) on Tuesday July 05 2022, @02:06AM (#1258137)

        What's the ROI for Defence spending? I know, it's not about that, it's about securing our sovereignty. So is local chip manufacturing.

        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday July 05 2022, @03:03AM (2 children)

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 05 2022, @03:03AM (#1258146) Journal

          What's the ROI for Defence spending?

          Pretty awful these days.

          And what does having a factory in the US actually do for defense spending or local chip manufacturing? Just because one is there, doesn't mean that it does anything valuable.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 05 2022, @07:48AM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 05 2022, @07:48AM (#1258181)

            And what does having a factory in the US actually do for defense spending or local chip manufacturing? Just because one is there, doesn't mean that it does anything valuable.

            You're either stupid or stupid.
            Take a leap of imagination on what would happen if China embargoes by force, takes or destroys Taiwan.

            • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday July 05 2022, @01:08PM

              by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 05 2022, @01:08PM (#1258245) Journal

              Take a leap of imagination on what would happen if China embargoes by force, takes or destroys Taiwan.

              A token factory that doesn't do anything won't help that a bit. This is a classic example of throwing money at a problem and hoping that has some positive effect. My take on this is that is a nearly useless activity where "nearly" could actually be harmful rather than helpful. For example, if businesses routinely get bribes to build a factory in a region, then they'll come to expect that bribe. Even worse - and this is the scenario I'm worried about here - they may build a useless shell merely to get that bribe. That's worse than doing nothing.

              There's no point to complaining about my lack of foresight, when the tool is broken.

    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday July 05 2022, @12:36AM (4 children)

      Yup, Mitch McTurtle has completely overlooked the obvious win-win solution of campaigning to the UN for sovereign statehood for Taiwan, with a nice juicy trade deal as part of the quid pro quo, Clarice.

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      • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Myfyr on Tuesday July 05 2022, @06:04AM (3 children)

        by Myfyr (3654) on Tuesday July 05 2022, @06:04AM (#1258165)

        McConnell, via his wife Elaine Chao, has significant business interests in China which are linked to Chinese state owned companies. He is unlikely to have "overlooked" anything regarding Taiwan. :/

        • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday July 05 2022, @11:35AM (2 children)

          Chao, and her shipping magnate connections are Taiwanese rather than mainland, but your point still stands.

          When's the damn swamp going to be trained?
          """
          The company has come under scrutiny due to perceived conflicts of interest involving Elaine Chao – daughter of its founders and sister of its current CEO – and her husband then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.[15][16] Additional attention has related to Elaine Chao's role as Secretary of Transportation – which regulated U.S.-registered cargo vessels – during the administration of President Donald Trump.[4][17][12][18] In 2020, the company received a forgivable loan valued between $350,000 and $1 million under the Paycheck Protection Program, designed to help small businesses that would be otherwise unable to remain solvent during the COVID-19 pandemic.[19]
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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 05 2022, @11:51AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 05 2022, @11:51AM (#1258227)

            When's the damn swamp going to be trained?

            Well, the replacements are trained as we speak. Does that answer your question?

          • (Score: 3, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday July 05 2022, @05:40PM

            by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday July 05 2022, @05:40PM (#1258313) Journal

            Mitch McConnell's Wife Elaine Chao Abused Office to Help Family Firm With China Business, Watchdog Found [newsweek.com]

            An inspector general overseeing the Transportation Department announced its findings in a 44-page report released on Wednesday. The report accused Chao of a dozen instances of using her office's staff to conduct personal tasks and work related to promoting the Foremost Group, a New York-based shipping business owned by her father and sister. The business does extensive business within China, according to the Associated Press.

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 04 2022, @11:46PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 04 2022, @11:46PM (#1258123)

    It's not up to McConnell. The dems have to kill the filibuster while they still have the chance, failure of this congress is upon them, not the republicans

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 05 2022, @12:02AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 05 2022, @12:02AM (#1258125)

      The Republican Democrats already said they will not vote to remove the filibuster, which of course is why you made your comment.

    • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 05 2022, @07:53PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 05 2022, @07:53PM (#1258346)

      Troll

      Ah, but of course, the democrat mod squad has to defend the democrat story line from all enemies!

  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday July 05 2022, @03:48PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday July 05 2022, @03:48PM (#1258285) Journal

    I wonder what Fox, OAN etc would think if the position were reversed?

    And he's protecting CHINA of all people to do it!

    The bill he is trying to torpedo to prevent the Dems from lowering prescription drug prices is to make the US more competitive than China for chip production.