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Crapo, Risch, Simpson, Fulcher Support Inclusion of Chips Permitting Reform in Defense Bill

The Building Chips in America Act passed the Senate in July as part of the NDAA

BOISE, Idaho--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher (all R-Idaho) joined 115 bicameral lawmakers to send a letter to Senate and House Armed Services Committees leaders urging them to preserve the Building Chips in America Act in the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The chips permitting bill, which passed as an amendment to the Senate NDAA in July, streamlines National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review requirements for semiconductor manufacturing projects to maximize the impact of the CHIPS and Science Act. Senate and House leaders are preparing to negotiate a final, compromise version of the NDAA that could pass both chambers and be signed into law.  The letter urges Senate and House leaders to maintain the Senate-passed microchip permitting reforms in that final version.

“Historically, NEPA reviews apply to projects that receive a significant portion of federal funding, giving the Federal government sufficient control over the project’s outcome. This is not the case for the CHIPS program,” the lawmakers wrote.

Federal funding for CHIPS Act projects will comprise a minimal share of the cost, but they would still be deemed “major federal actions.”

“This could halt or delay commencement of new projects, impacting the United States’ ability to bolster its national security interests, economic growth, competitiveness, and technological leadership,” the lawmakers continued.

“Interruptions and delays to semiconductor manufacturing projects would undermine the goals of the CHIPS Act and exacerbate risks to our economic and national security, without providing additional benefits for environmental protection.  Therefore, we urge you to retain Section 1090G of S. 2226 in the final FY24 NDAA,” they concluded.

In addition to Idaho’s Congressional delegation, the letter is signed by U.S. Senators Mark Kelly (D-Arizona), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ted Budd (R-North Carolina), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Montana), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee), Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico), John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Kyrsten Sinema (I-Arizona), Jon Tester (D-Montana), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), JD Vance (R-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Todd Young (R-Indiana), and 94 members of the House of Representatives.