U.S. Senators Push for Ban on Government Business with Chinese Chipmakers

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Republican Senator Cornyn are lobbying for a ban on government business with Chinese chipmakers. The two senators are aiming to get their amendment, which will block federal access to semiconductors made by Chinese companies, into this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The measure, if included in the Act, will broaden provisions in Section 889, which already bars government agencies from doing business with Chinese telecommunications companies or contractors who use their technologies.

Schumer and Cornyn got their proposal added to the Senate NDAA last month in the October managers package and are now working to convince their colleagues.

The fiscal 2023 NDAA must pass the Senate and House of Representatives later this year before it is sent to the White House for Biden to sign into law.

Last month, Washington issued a sweeping set of export controls, including a measure to cut off China from certain semiconductor chips made anywhere in the world with U.S. tools.

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