Tuberville Introduces Bill to Boost American Manufacturing, Remove Woke DEI Requirements from CHIPS Act

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and U.S Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the CHIPS Improvement Act—legislation that rights the wrongs of the CHIPS and Science Act (CHIPS). Signed into law in 2022, the CHIPS Act was intended to move the semiconductor manufacturing industry from China to America. Unfortunately, the final version of the CHIPS Act includes so much red tape, including DEI requirements and “environmental justice” initiatives, that companies are experiencing significant delays in the implementation of the law and in accessing its related funding opportunities. Senator Tuberville’s bill corrects the issue in two ways—by removing every unnecessary provision from the CHIPS Act that does not directly support domestic manufacturing and by removing woke criteria used to determine a company’s eligibility for the program.

“The Biden administration has put American manufacturing, and the American worker, last on the world stage,” said Senator Tuberville.“Our country simply cannot afford to allow China to continue to out-compete us in technology and innovation over the next generation. The CHIPS Act has potential, but it needs reforms to become effective. By removing the woke regulations that have nothing to do with job creation and are putting significant bureaucratic burdens on private industry, we can get government out of the way and allow this bill to do what it was designed to do: end American reliance on China.”

“Since his first day in office, Joe Biden has used every tool at his disposal to advance his radical DEI agenda that aims to divide our country and upend our founding values,” said Senator Lee. “I am proud to join Senator Tuberville in introducing the CHIPS Improvement Act, legislation that will prevent President Biden from using tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer money to strong-arm companies into adopting the misguided tenants of his dangerous, divisive DEI agenda.”

The legislation is also cosponsored by U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts (R-NE).

Full text of the legislation may be found here.

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.