Supporting New Job Opportunities, Sinema Hosts Roundtable with Semiconductor Business Leaders

May 6, 2021

Provisions from Sinema’s CHIPS For America Act helped fuel a recent $20 billion investment to Arizona, creating 21,000 jobs

PHOENIX – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema hosted a roundtable discussion with semiconductor business leaders to discuss expanding manufacturing jobs and investment in Arizona after provisions from her bipartisan CHIPS For America Act became law. Semiconductors are the building blocks of most electronic devices—including phones, cars, computers, and military technology. A robust domestic semiconductor industry supports American jobs and ensures America has a reliable supply chain independent from other countries.
“Our discussion allowed us to keep advancing American manufacturing of this critical technology—boosting American national security, and supporting new job-creation for Arizonans,” said Sinema.
At the roundtable discussion, Sinema discussed her bipartisan CHIPS For America Act law, which supported Intel’s $20 billion expansion in Arizona, creating thousands of Arizona jobs. Participants in Sinema’s roundtable included representatives from Intel, TSMC, Amkor, Applied Materials, Microchip, NXP, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, ON Semiconductor, and IBM.
Provisions from Sinema’s CHIPS For America Act, which passed in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, established federal grants that enabled advanced research and development, secured the supply chain, and ensured long-term national security and economic competitiveness. The Senate is expected to take up legislation over the coming months to fund the CHIPSgrants and further strengthen America’s position in international competition with China and other countries, including a continued focus on boosting U.S. semiconductor manufacturing.
Recently, Intel announced a $20 billion expansion of their U.S. manufacturing operation with two new factories in Arizona, creating over 3,000 permanent, high-wage jobs and over 3,000 construction jobs with planning and construction activities beginning in 2021. The expansion is also set to support an estimated 15,000 indirect jobs in Arizona communities. Intel’s commitment to Arizona and America-made semiconductor manufacturing will help the United States meet future semiconductor needs and strengthen our national security.