Lobbyists to Biden: Unless you want to cede to China, relax microchip rules

Read the full story in Politico.

As Washington prepares to pump $39 billion in federal subsidies into new microchip plants, the chip lobby is pressuring the Biden administration to relax environmental review requirements or risk ceding the semiconductor supply chain to China.

The Semiconductor Industry Association — the chip industry’s main voice in Washington — is pressing the Commerce Department to grant new manufacturing projects a “categorical exclusion” from a key environmental law. With billions ready to be spent under the CHIPS and Science Act, industry lobbyists worry the law’s review requirements could delay domestic chip production for years.

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