July 28, 2022

Duckworth Celebrates Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Boost American Manufacturing and Better Compete with China


[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022—which would lower costs for working families, boost American manufacturing and strengthen our nation’s ability to compete economically with China—by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 64-33:

“Lowering costs, creating jobs, boosting American manufacturing—that’s what the Senate did today, and I was proud to help pass this bill so we can keep the economy strong, save money for working families and make sure our nation can remain a competitive leader in research and development, science and manufacturing for generations to come.”

Included in the CHIPS and Science Act is an amendment that Duckworth led with U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) to invest billions into the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories and User Facilities. The amendment will help support the entire U.S. innovation system, which includes Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, to strengthen America’s global competitiveness. Duckworth said the following about the inclusion of her amendment in this bill:

“One of the best ways for our nation to strengthen our competitiveness with the rest of the world is to enhance a crown jewel of American innovation: the incredible network of Department of Energy National Labs, particularly Illinois’s own Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory. I’m proud to have worked with Senator Luján to pass our important bipartisan amendment that helps ensure the CHIPS and Science Act invests in the National Science Foundation and enhances our National Labs, which are critical drivers of American innovation and capable of advancing even more groundbreaking scientific research and discovery.”