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Blog: 10/04/13

Enactment of Helium Legislation Strengthens American Manufacturing

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Today is National Manufacturing Day, a time to shine a light on the critical role that manufacturing plays in boosting America’s economic strength, job creation, and global competitiveness.  It’s also a day to take stock of the challenges facing U.S. manufacturing – including skilled labor shortages, non-competitive tax structures, and burdensome regulatory obstacles, among others […]

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Blog: 09/25/13

House Approves Helium Bill, Sends Back to Senate as Deadline Approaches

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

Helium legislation continues to bounce between the House and Senate, with both chambers overwhelmingly approving similar bills in recent days as the Oct. 1 deadline for final passage inches closer.

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Blog: 09/10/13

Broad SIA-Led Coalition Urges Congress to Enact Legislation to Secure Supply of Helium

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

A Semiconductor Industry Association-led coalition of more than 120 technology, business, medical and education leaders today called on Congress to enact legislation to secure the supply of helium, a gas that is essential for semiconductor manufacturing and other types of advanced manufacturing, as well as scientific research. The broad and diverse coalition expressed the urgent […]

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Blog: 07/12/13

Responsible Use of Chemicals Enables Semiconductor Innovation

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

SIA yesterday testified at a hearing of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding the primary federal law governing the regulation of chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The hearing focused on the process for reviewing new chemicals, the protection of confidential business information, and the impact of the […]

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Blog: 04/23/13

Helium Bill Floats to the House Floor; Broad Coalition Urges Passage

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

This Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on bipartisan legislation that would help secure the supply of helium, a gas that is critical for advanced manufacturing of semiconductors and other products, as well as scientific research. 

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Blog: 03/27/13

House Committee Approves Legislation to Secure Helium Supply

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

On March 20, the House Natural Resources Committee voted to approve the “Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act” (HR 527), a bipartisan bill that would address the impending cessation of sales of helium from the Federal Helium Reserve. The legislation now awaits action on the House floor, which will likely be scheduled sometime next month.

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Blog: 01/22/13

SIA’s 2013 Policy Roadmap Strengthens U.S. Semiconductor Industry, Boosts American Innovation

by Semiconductor Industry Association

With the new year upon us and the 113th Congress now underway, SIA is focused on advancing the U.S. semiconductor industry’s key policy objectives for 2013. Our industry is critical to America’s economic strength, national security and global competitiveness. SIA’s 2013 Policy Roadmap – outlined below – will help keep America at the forefront of […]

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Blog: 01/02/13

Technology Could Help Reduce Harmful Emissions

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

It’s no secret that modern technology – enabled by semiconductors – has improved our lives dramatically by revolutionizing our communication, transportation, health care, business and entertainment systems, among many others. But sometimes we lose sight of what technology can do for our planet.

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 03/09/12

Leading the Way on Climate Protection

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

 

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