COLUMBUS –State Reps. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) renewed calls to pass House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 38 to encourage semiconductor production in the U.S. following reports that Ohio may be in the running to land a major semiconductor factory. HCR 38 urges Congress to address the shortage of semiconductors in the short-term and appropriate billions of dollars to encourage domestic production of these computer-chips.
“The additional calls by Gov. DeWine and Ohio’s Democratic Congressional Delegation proves that addressing the semiconductor shortage is crucial,” said Rep. Sobecki. “I encourage the Ohio House majority to expeditiously move our resolution forward.”
“The chip shortage is adversely impacting Ohio’s economy,” said Rep. Crossman. “It is encouraging that Governor DeWine now shares the same concerns that Rep. Sobecki and I have had regarding the shortage. This is an issue that impacts our nation’s security. HCR 38 should be a priority to a legislature claiming to be focused on Ohio’s economy. ”
The resolution will:
1. Urge Congress to enact the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which includes appropriations for the Creating Helpful Incentives for the Production of Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act;
2. Urge Congress to enact the Facilitating American-Build Semiconductor (FABS) Act;
3. Urge President Biden to exercise his authority and activate the National Defense Production Act to immediately commence emergency production of semiconductors here in the U.S.
HCR 38 awaits a first hearing in the House Government Oversight committee.