Davids, Moran part of supply-chain, manufacturing reform negotiations

The legislation’s objective has been to come to terms with shortcomings in U.S. supply-chain resiliency and domestic manufacturing limitations — semiconductors, for example.

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May 13, 2022 - 3:43 PM

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran as well as U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, both of Kansas, offered testimony Thursday to a federal House-Senate conference committee working on legislation to expand domestic manufacturing and address supply-chain issues. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from U.S. Senate YouTube channel)

TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids offered input Thursday into development of a compromise bill designed to improve domestic manufacturing and the nation’s supply chain that were exposed as competitively deficient during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moran, a Republican, and Davids, a Democrat, were appointed to the Senate and House negotiating committee working on a combined version of the Bipartisan Innovation Act. An agreement resolving differences in the House and Senate versions of the bill, if approved by both chambers, would be forwarded to President Joe Biden.

The legislation’s objective has been to come to terms with shortcomings in U.S. supply-chain resiliency and domestic manufacturing limitations — semiconductors, for example. One aim of Congress would be lowing costs in the wake of record-setting inflation. In addition, lawmakers feel pressure to grapple with growth in China’s economic and technological power, fuel U.S. research and development and reinforcement U.S. workforce programs.

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