Matsui Statement on the American Jobs Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2021 | George Hatamiya (916-201-5412)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on President Biden’s announcement of the American Jobs Plan.
“Today, President Biden unveiled a comprehensive infrastructure package that prepares us for the future by making critical investments to repair our aging roads, bridges, and schools, combat climate change, and give American innovators the tools necessary to build our economy back better,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “I am glad to see that the President’s plan delivers on his promises to create millions of good-paying jobs and rebuild our country’s infrastructure in a sustainable and equitable way. The plan targets 40 percent of clean infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities, will modernize 20,000 miles of highways, roads, and bridges, and provides investments in electric vehicles, clean energy, affordable housing and universal broadband access.”
“The package also includes $50 billion of vital investments to help the U.S. stay at the forefront of the strategically important semiconductor industry,” Matsui continued. “This funding is based on my legislation, the CHIPS for America Act, which I discussed with President Biden last month at the White House and urged for its inclusion. As we work towards our economic recovery from the pandemic, it is even more vital that we seize every opportunity to create American jobs and secure this technology that is crucial for innovations in 5G networks, healthcare, and computing.”
Congresswoman Matsui has long been a champion of securing our technological future and serves as Chair of the Congressional High-Tech Caucus and Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Congresswoman Matsui is also a leader on addressing the climate crisis and pushing for sustainable energy solutions. She is a Co-Chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), which has been a leader in the efforts to advance clean energy tax policies.
She is co-author of the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act, which would restore semiconductor manufacturing back to American soil by increasing federal incentives to stimulate advanced chip manufacturing, enable cutting-edge research and development, secure the supply chain and bring greater transparency to the microelectronics ecosystem. Congresswoman Matsui successfully included an amendment based on the CHIPS Act in the FY21 NDAA.
A fact sheet on the American Jobs Plan can be found HERE.
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