Key Senate votes expected next week on bill to boost US semiconductor production

The legislation aims to address a shortage of semiconductor chips and make the United States less dependent on other countries such as China for manufacturing. Senators supporting the bill say the measure is important not only for U.S. technological innovation, but also for national security.

The bill sets up incentives for domestic semiconductor manufacturing as well as research and development and includes more than $50 billion in funding.

A vote to break up a buccaneer is expected in the Senate early next week with a final pass vote to follow. The bill would then need to pass the House before it can be signed into law by President Joe Biden.

Senate Minority Whip John Thune of South Dakota told reporters the chip legislation would get a final vote « probably Wednesday » of next week.

Republican Sen. Todd Young of Indiana indicated procedural votes next week, followed by a « final vote midweek. »

A vote to smash a filibuster is pushed back to next week due to a large number of Senate absences, according to GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, one of the bill’s lead authors.

Supporters had hoped to reach an agreement for that vote to be held as early as Thursday, before the senators left for their weekends at home. But Cornyn said it was too risky to vote on procedure without assurances that enough people are here to get the 60 votes needed to move forward.

« We don’t want to compromise anything, » Cornyn said. « I think caution dictates that we do it on Tuesday. »

Cornyn said he expects Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to announce the decision soon.

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