In Austin, tech giants press Congress to boost chip industry amid global shortage

BGR’s State practice Vice President and Texas Director, Jerry Strickland, was featured in the Austin American-Statesmen. He shared his expertise on the global chip industry shortage affects Texas.

By Kara Carlson

Sen. John Cornyn, right, speaks at a Monday news conference at the Samsung facility in Austin. Joining Cornyn is Jerry Strickland, executive director of the FABSS Texas Coalition, a group of semiconductor manufacturing companies.
A global shortage of semiconductors — the computer chips that operate everything from your laptop to your car — is an area of growing concern for Austin’s technology sector, one of the pillars of the region’s economy.

As they gathered Monday for a roundtable discussion in Austin, tech giants and semiconductor manufacturers were looking to Congress in hopes that proposed federal investment in the semiconductor industry will boost the sector and help shore up supply chain issues.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is one of the authors the CHIPS for America Act, a bipartisan tech and manufacturing bill designed to expand domestic technology manufacturing. The bill calls for $52 billion to support domestic semiconductor manufacturing, $16 billion to the Department of Energy to research and develop energy-related supply chains, and $81 billion for the National Science Foundation.