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U.S. Senate passes bill to boost computer chip production

$280bn measure including grants and tax breaks now awaits a House vote

Proponents of the legislation say other countries are spending billions of dollars to lure chipmakers.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill designed to encourage more semiconductor companies to build chip plants in the United States passed the Senate on Wednesday as lawmakers raced to finish work on a key priority of the Biden administration.

The $280 billion measure, which awaits a House vote, includes federal grants and tax breaks for companies that construct their chip facilities in the U.S. The legislation also directs Congress to significantly increase spending on high-tech research programs that lawmakers say will help the country stay economically competitive in the decades ahead.

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