TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly joined eight other governors Thursday to urge adoption by Congress of legislation to turbocharge U.S. production of semiconductors essential to automakers and other manufacturers struggling with supply chain issues.
Kelly said an incentive program to increase domestic chip production was included in a bill adopted by the U.S. Senate, which earmarked $52 billion to semiconductor production and research. Of the total, $2 billion would support manufacturing of “mature node” semiconductors used by automakers as well as makers of medical devices and agricultural machinery.
“As the global semiconductor shortage continues to challenge our automotive manufacturing industry and threaten our supply chain, it is critical that Congress take immediate action on the CHIPS Act,” Kelly said.