Whitmer joins White House meeting on chips funding, warns auto-related jobs are ‘at risk’


Washington — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer attended a meeting Wednesday at the White House to advocate for legislation that would fund $52 billion in domestic semiconductor chip production. 

President Joe Biden, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb of Indiana and leaders of Samsung, Whirlpool, Medtronic, Cummins and others also joined the meeting. 

They discussed legislation aimed at increasing U.S. competitiveness with China that has stalled in Congress, much to the frustration of bipartisan members of Michigan’s delegation and advocates for the auto industry, which continues to struggle under a global chip shortage. 

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, right, speaks alongside Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb during an event with President Joe Biden to support legislation that would encourage domestic manufacturing and strengthen supply chains for computer chips in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Washington.

“Right now, thousands of jobs up and down the auto supply chain are at risk because we are not making chips, we don’t have access,” Whitmer said. 

“These shortages are driving up costs, they’re jeopardizing families. Increasing this manufacturing here at home will reduce supply chain delays in transportation as well as lowering the cost of consumer electronics.”

The bills would also fund $45 billion to shore up supply chains for critical goods and $160 billion for scientific research and development. 


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