President Joe Biden visits Michigan on Tuesday to talk about chip funding


President Joe Biden will be in Michigan next week to talk about a recently passed bill that provides billions to boost US semiconductor manufacturing.

The White House said Biden will travel to Hemlock in Saginaw County on Tuesday, August 2 to deliver a speech on CHIPS and science law.

The $280 billion bill passed the US House and Senate this week in a bipartisan effort to compete with offshore producers of semiconductor chips.

It allocates $52 billion in incentives for domestic semiconductor production and research. In this package, $2 billion is dedicated to incentivizing production of the “mature node” semiconductors used by automakers and parts suppliers.

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A shortage of semiconductors during the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed vehicle production and put pressure on US manufacturers to build.

Hemlock is home to Hemlock Semiconductor, a company that produces polysilicon for semiconductor manufacturing.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer celebrated the bill’s passage Thursday by saying it makes “game-changing investments” in Michigan’s economy.

“I am so grateful to our congressional delegation for working across the aisle to make this happen. CHIPS+ will make one-time investments to enable American to experience decades of growth by bringing home chains vital supplies, creating and protecting tens of thousands of well-paying jobs and reducing costs for families,” she said in a statement.

Additional details of Biden’s visit have yet to be released.

This will be Biden’s sixth trip to Michigan as president.

The visit coincides with the day of the state’s primary elections where voters will choose between five GOP gubernatorial candidates and participate in local elections.

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