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Senate Passes CHIPS+ Act with Davis-Bacon Protections, Sends to House for Approval

This afternoon, the Senate voted 64-33 to pass the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Plus Act (H.R. 4346). This legislation provides $52 billion to support domestic semi-conductor manufacturing to incentivize the construction of manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Last summer SWACCA worked to apply Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements on these funds and successfully advocated for the defeat of an amendment last June that would have stripped these hard-won requirements from the underlying bill.

Throughout the last year as Congress attempted to reconcile the differences between competing House and Senate versions of this legislation, SWACCA has been laser-focused on ensuring these critical Davis-Bacon requirements are retained in any final bill Congress passes to aid the domestic semiconductor industry. We are pleased that our advocacy was successful through numerous revisions to the bill over the course of the last year and that Davis-Bacon coverage remains for this $52 billion in industry aid. The legislation now heads to the House, which is expected to take it up and send it to the President ahead of the August recess. SWACCA’s Washington team will remain on the job until this important legislation expanding Davis-Bacon is signed into law.

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