US legislation for US$112 billion tech research funding to counter China will be delayed, lawmakers say
- The bipartisan Endless Frontier Act faces delay amid more than 230 amendments filed for consideration
- The bill would also authorise another US$10 billion to designate at least 10 regional technology hubs and create a supply chain crisis response programme
Senator Roger Wicker, the top Republican on the Commerce Committee, told reporters that lawmakers needed more time “for some consensus to develop”.
A spokesman for Senator Todd Young, the primary Republican sponsor told Reuters the bill will not be heard in committee “this week but we expect it to happen after the recess”.
A spokesman for Senator Maria Cantwell, who chairs the Commerce Committee, did not immediately comment on Monday night.
Many lawmakers want to use the legislation to advance other priorities and attach additional proposals. Senators Gary Peters and John Thune want to use the bill to speed the deployment of thousands of self-driving cars.
Republican Representative Mike Gallagher, another sponsor, said US superiority in science and technology “is at risk”.
“The Chinese Communist Party has used decades of intellectual property theft and industrial espionage to close this technological gap in a way that threatens not only our economic security, but also our way of life,” Gallagher said.
Separately last week, Schumer said he will push for “emergency spending” to implement semiconductor manufacturing provisions in last year’s defence bill.