WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4521, the America COMPETES Act of 2022, a package of bills that will invest in American workers, manufacturing, research, and innovation to power our economy and bolster our competitiveness, by a vote of 222 to 210.
 
“The legislation passed by the House today addresses some of our most pressing challenges by bringing manufacturing back to the U.S., supporting American workers, strengthening supply chains, promoting international cooperation, and putting the U.S. at the forefront of technology and innovation. The America COMPETES Act takes a comprehensive approach to ensure that we can continue to be a leader on global challenges in the future.
 
“The America COMPETES Act invests tens of billions of dollars to jumpstart domestic manufacturing of semiconductors and strengthens our supply chains, bringing good paying jobs to the U.S. and supporting critical industries such as automobiles, health care, and clean energy. The bill is a win for America’s workers. It reauthorizes and strengthens Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and includes the National Apprenticeship Act, which will create a million new apprenticeship opportunities in the next five years. It improves the way the federal government can support research and innovation across the country in areas like technology, climate change and energy, health care, and cybersecurity.    
 
“I am especially proud to have successfully included my bill, the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021, in this package of legislation. For years we have worked to advance this bill and passage in the House marks important progress to finally provide much needed certainty to impacted adoptees and ensures that these individuals have full access to their rights as American citizens.
 
“I am proud of the House for passing this comprehensive legislative package that promotes a strong future by investing in our economy and workforce and spurring innovation and competitiveness. I look forward to working with my colleagues to reach an agreement in the Senate on a final bill.” 
 
BACKGROUND
The America COMPETES Act of 2022 makes historic investments to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackles supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, turbocharges America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthens America’s economic and national security at home and abroad. 
 
Read the fact sheet of the bill here.
Read the section-by-section analysis of the bill here.
 
The final text of the America COMPETES Act includes the following.
 
Growing U.S. Manufacturing, Promoting Jobs, Strengthening Supply Chains
The America COMPETES Act makes investments to stimulate domestic manufacturing, allowing more goods to be made right here in the U.S., supports the creation of domestic job growth by promoting competitive wages and benefits, and authorizes funds to help identify and address supply chain disruptions and strengthen our supply chains overall.
  • Establishes the CHIPS for America Fund. Includes $52 billion for CHIPS for America Act which will incentivize private-sector investments and continued American leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and ensure that more semiconductors are produced right here at home. Semiconductors are critical components in the manufacturing of cars, trucks, health care devices, consumer electronics, and renewable energy. Importantly, the House-passed bill includes guardrails to ensure corporations are using this funding to grow manufacturing and jobs right here in the U.S.
  • Authorizes $45 billion to improve our nation’s supply chains and strengthen our economy and national security by preventing shortages of critical goods and ensuring that more of these goods are made right here in the U.S.
 
Advancing American Scientific Research, Technology & Innovation
The America COMPETES Act makes major new investments in research and innovation that will lead to breakthrough discoveries for our nation.
 
  • Makes major new investments in every aspect of federal innovation and scientific research, including reforms to the Department of Energy Office of Science, National Science Foundation, and National Institute of Standards and Technology to accelerate advancements in emerging technologies, innovation, and clean energy.
  • Includes provisions to strengthen and expand our nation’s STEM workforce to better represent the diversity of our nation and meet the workforce needs in growing industries.
  • Establishes a regional technology and innovation hub program at the Department of Commerce – incentivizing collaborative partnerships between local governments, colleges and universities, private industry, non-profits, and community organizations to promote and support regional technology and innovation hubs.

Expanding Clean Energy and Combatting Climate Change
The America COMPETES Act invests in the fight against climate change by supporting research and innovation, which will advance the next generation of clean energy technology, while also promoting a global approach to tackling climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
 
  • Supports research to advance the next generation of energy storage, solar, hydrogen, critical materials, fusion energy, manufacturing, carbon removal, and bioenergy technologies, among many other areas.
  • Authorizes new clean energy programs, including a national clean energy incubator, to accelerate the commercial application of clean energy technologies and support small businesses and entrepreneurs working in clean energy.
  • Invests in domestic solar manufacturing and supply chains, incentivizing the new construction of solar manufacturing capacity and providing grants and direct loans to retool, retrofit or expand existing solar manufacturing facilities.
  • Authorizes $8 billion over the next two years for the Green Climate Fund to further international efforts in assisting developing countries with mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Promoting International Cooperation
The America COMPETES Act includes numerous provisions to promote international diplomacy, including strengthening partnerships and alliances and standing up for international human rights – reaffirming America’s global leadership.
 
  • Includes numerous provisions to strengthen and promote America’s leadership around the globe, including in such areas as investing in partnerships and alliances, investing in standing up for America’s values, expanding our investments in diplomacy, and promoting human rights.
  • Enables the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation to expand its investment in projects to tackle challenges facing developing countries including health care, clean energy, food access, COVID-19, and economic security.

Supporting the American Workforce
The America COMPETES Act uplifts our workers by preserving existing collective bargaining agreements, supporting union organizing efforts, and providing workforce development and monetary support to workers who have lost their jobs due to trade.
  • Contains the National Apprenticeship Act of 2022, which would create nearly 1 million additional apprenticeship opportunities over the next five years. Registered Apprenticeships are one of the most successful approaches to workforce training, providing workers with paid, on-the-job training that leads to good-paying, in-demand jobs.
  • Includes Rep. Smith’s legislation to enable pre-apprenticeship programs to offer stipends to pre-apprentices to assist with the financial costs of participating in these programs such as housing, childcare, transportation, and more. This financial assistance will remove those barriers so workers can more easily obtain the initial credentials needed to enter an apprenticeship program and will ensure both pre-apprenticeship programs and apprenticeship programs are more widely accessible for individuals with barriers to employment.
  • Reauthorizes and strengthens Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which provides a lifeline of key workforce development services and monetary support to workers wo have lost their jobs due to trade. It modernizes TAA programs to ensure benefits reach the most severely affected communities and help ensure that the program helps address inherent racial disparities and inequities in our economy.
  • Authorizes a new competitive grant program operated by the U.S. Department of Education to support equitable access to postsecondary STEM pathways that expose students to high-quality STEM coursework, reduce college costs, and improve postsecondary credit transfers.
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