The following is a statement from Association of American Universities President Barbara R. Snyder on today’s Senate passage of the “CHIPS and Science Act” (H.R. 4346), which includes five years of funding authorizations for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Office of Science as well as more than $52 billion in grants, subsidies, and tax incentives to strengthen domestic semiconductor production. The bill also advances diversity in STEM education and programs and reauthorizes key NASA space programs.
We at AAU are pleased to see strong bipartisan support not only for strengthening our domestic semiconductor industry, but also for reinvesting in the government-university research partnership that catalyzes innovation, grows our economy, and bolsters our national security. This legislation is an important step toward maintaining America’s scientific leadership on an increasingly competitive global stage. We now urge the House of Representatives to pass the CHIPS and Science Act swiftly, and we urge both chambers to approve appropriations in the pending FY23 process that match the research investments it authorizes.
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