Press release: NDP’s Kleeb: Bacon, Flood and Smith voted to hold American jobs hostage by voting against CHIPS bill

Nebraska Democratic Chair Jane Kleeb called out Nebraska’s three Republican House members Thursday for not supporting a bill aimed at boosting US semiconductor production in a bid to increase American competitiveness, a bipartisan achievement that will send tens of billions of dollars into American manufacturing and scientific research.

“Bacon, Flood and Smith decided to hold American jobs hostage and side with China,” Chair Kleeb said. “By voting against the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act, they and a majority of House Republicans chose China over the American people.”

The bill, which passed the Senate on Wednesday with broad bipartisan support, was passed by the House, even though 187 Republicans voted against it. It now goes to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

Said President Biden: “Today, the House passed a bill that will make cars cheaper, appliances cheaper, and computers cheaper. It will lower the costs of everyday goods.  And, it will create high-paying manufacturing jobs across the country and strengthen U.S. leadership in the industries of the future at the same time.”

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