The “Endless Boundary Law” has not yet been finalized, and the US Senate plans to make legislation on semiconductors

On April 7, US President Joe Biden (Joe Biden) stated that the US Senate is preparing to legislate on semiconductors. At present, the United States is working hard to solve the continuing shortage of key technologies used in automobiles, computers and other equipment. However, last year, lawmakers from both parties in the United States jointly proposed a bill called the Endless Frontier Act, which aims to consolidate the United States’ leadership in science and technology innovation by increasing investment in future technologies.

Local time on Wednesday (April 7), US President Joe Biden (Joe Biden) said that the US Senate is preparing to legislate on semiconductors. At present, the United States is working hard to solve the continuing shortage of key technologies used in automobiles, computers and other equipment.

When talking about his infrastructure construction plan, Biden said: “We are working hard to solve this problem. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will soon Propose a similar bill related to this.”

The offices of Schumer and McConnell did not immediately comment.

Many US officials revealed that the White House will hold a virtual summit on this issue next Monday (April 12). It is expected that there will be Ford CEO Jim Farley (Jim Farley), General Motors CEO Mary Barra American auto industry executives including Mary Barra, as well as White House officials Brian Deese and Jack Sullivan participated.

On April 5, a US automobile industry organization urged the government to help solve the problem of chip supply shortages. The organization warned that the lack of cores could lead to a reduction of 1.28 million vehicles this year and cause production to be interrupted for another six months. In addition, the organization called on Congress to allocate more funds to help produce automotive chips.

Biden ordered federal agencies to take several actions to resolve the chip supply crisis in February of this year, and is seeking $37 billion in funding to boost the US chip manufacturing industry. Automakers are particularly affected by the shortage of global chip supply, because during the new crown pneumonia epidemic, auto factories were idle and many automakers cancelled orders.

Broadband Internet, cell phone and cable television companies urge the White House to remain technologically neutral when addressing chip issues. The industry organization Internet and Television Association (NCTA) said in an assessment submitted to the US Department of Commerce this week that providers are facing delays in chip supply, which has led to delays in the delivery of a large number of cable boxes, network switches, routers, and servers. The organization predicts that semiconductor shortages and related delays will cost the broadband and cable television industries hundreds of millions of dollars this year.

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing also stated in an assessment submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce: “The main risk facing the semiconductor supply chain is the lack of key domestic manufacturing capabilities.

 Once mentioned the “Law of Endless Borders” against China

In response to China’s challenges, Schumer and Republican Senator Todd. Sen. Todd Young co-sponsored a bill called the Endless Frontier Act last year, which aims to consolidate the United States’ leadership in science and technology innovation by increasing investment in future technologies.

The bill intends to invest 100 billion U.S. dollars in the National Science Foundation in the next five years for research in the following ten key technology fields, and to establish a “regional technology hub” nationwide.

1) Artificial intelligence and machine learning;

2) High-performance computing, semiconductors and advanced computer hardware;

3) Quantum computing and information systems;

4) Robotics, automation and advanced manufacturing;

5) Prevent natural or man-made disasters;

6) Advanced communication technology;

7) Biotechnology, genetic research and synthetic biology;

8) Advanced energy technology;

9) Network security, data storage and data management technology;

10) Other key technologies such as materials science, engineering, and exploration.

And the additional 10 billion US dollars will be used to establish at least 10 technology centers in the United States, and hope that they will become a “global research, development and manufacturing center for key technologies.” If the draft is approved, this will be the largest U.S. expenditure on AI research so far.

Screenshot from the official website of the Senate Democratic Special Committee (democrats.senate)

However, the bill did not achieve any progress in the previous Congress.

 Conflicts with Biden’s “infrastructure plan”

After the new Congress took office, Schumer, who became the majority leader of the Senate, made a comeback in his efforts to promote this bill. In March of this year, Schumer announced that he had instructed the bipartisan leaders of eight related committees to draft legislation with the goal of defeating China while creating new American jobs.

The proposed bill is based on the “Endless Frontier Act” proposed last year, and will continue to focus on strengthening the United States’ competitive advantage in the field of science and technology, as well as enhancing the independence and resilience of industrial production in the US supply chain.

According to a report by VOA, Young, who was mainly responsible for writing the new version of the “Law of Endless Borders,” said, “We hope to introduce the bill in early April, although there may be minor adjustments at this point in time. Members will also put forward other ideas, but we I hope this will be done well, this is too important.”

Yang emphasized that he has been actively discussing with lawmakers from both parties, hoping to introduce a complete and bipartisan technology industry investment plan as a basic blueprint for contending with China in the coming decades.

Young also said that he believes that the “Law of Endless Borders” will have a positive and profound impact on the development and manufacturing of key technologies and supply chains in the United States. Therefore, he strongly advocated that the bill be introduced independently to avoid the bill being watered down because it is included in the Biden administration’s infrastructure construction plan.

“If the “Law of Endless Frontiers” or its constituents are included in a larger infrastructure project, this is not a good sign. I must say so frankly. Seriously, we should continue to advance. The establishment of the bipartisan consensus is to advance the “Endless Border Act,”” Senator Young responded in an interview with the Fox Television News Network of the United States.

“When you confuse other issues, when you confuse investment in home care, electric vehicles, and other core technologies, it’s a sign of not being serious about it.” Senator Young continued, “So I hope we can Separate the two.”

  

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