Gov. Whitmer Heading to White House to Urge Passage of CHIPS Act

On Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be traveling to the White House to advocate for Michigan families and businesses, speak abut economic competitiveness legislation, and urge full funding for the CHIPS Act.

Governor Whitmer will be joined by President Biden, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese and key private sector leaders.

The Governor’s visit to the White House comes after she led a large group of 21 bipartisan governors calling for final passage of economic competitiveness legislation with full funding for the CHIPS Act on Feb. 24.

It also follows the global shortage of chips, which were exacerbated by the pandemic and supply chain constraints, impacting individuals and industries around the U.S. from auto-manufacturing to consumer electronics, home appliances, medical devices, agriculture, defense and more.

The shortage resulted in reduced production, and in some cases idled plants, impacting more than 575,000 auto-related jobs. Last year alone, automakers lost an estimated 2.2 million cars, equaling over 3,000 days of work.

Both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House have passed bills with funding for the CHIPS Act.

Presently, they are in a conference committee, where differences are being discussed between their two bills before a final version is sent to President Biden’s desk.

Officials say Governor Whitmer will attend the White House event to urge Congress to take swift bipartisan action to reconcile the two bills to get to President Biden for his final sign off as soon as possible so the state’s economy can continue to grow.

The CHIPS Act would fund $52 billion in incentives to boost the domestic semiconductor production and research, $2 billion of which would be dedicated to incentivizing production of the “mature node” semiconductors used by automakers and parts suppliers.

Mature node chips are also used in medical devices, agricultural machinery such as tractors and combines, as well as radiation-proof chips required by the country’s national defense industrial base.

For Michigan, the CHIPS Act would help attract long-term, sustainable investments from companies around the world by spurring innovation, reducing inefficiencies and avoiding costly delays.

Furthermore, officials say the legislation will bring chip manufacturing back to Michigan, creating and protecting thousands of jobs, growing the state’s economy and lowering costs for families.