'It's absolutely critical.' Ex-Trump official backs Biden's computer chip push

'It's absolutely critical.' Ex-Trump official backs Biden's computer chip push

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Key Facts

  • McMaster is calling on Congress to swiftly fund investments in American computer chip manufacturing, a plan championed by the Biden administration to address global semiconductor shortages.
  • McMaster participated in a bipartisan Commerce Department event Monday where national security officials urged lawmakers to pass the Bipartisan Innovation Act, which would invest $52 billion in domestic semiconductor production and advanced manufacturing.
  • Just 12% of the world’s computer chips are made in the United States today, compared with 40% in 1990, according to the Commerce Department.
  • McMaster, now a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, worries the war in Ukraine will give Beijing another opening to make the United States and the West more dependent on China for critical goods – this time, through semiconductors.

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