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Biden Visits IBM to Promote Investments in U.S. Semiconductor Production


“We’re going to ensure that any company that uses federal research and development funding to take a position in latest technologies has to make the product in America,” Mr. Biden said to applause, adding later: “It matters. That is about economic security, folks. It’s about national security. It’s about good-paying jobs you may raise a family on.”

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Administration officials hope that the bill’s bipartisan support, coupled with a windfall of pledged investment from large technology firms, is the form of accomplishment that might appeal to voters ahead of the midterms. Seventeen Republicans voted for the bill within the Senate, while 24 Republicans supported it within the House.

At one point, Mr. Biden, citing news reports, accused the Chinese government of lobbying in Congress against the law. “The Chinese Communist Party actively lobbied against the CHIPS and Science Act that I’d been pushing in america Congress,” Mr. Biden said. “Unfortunately, a few of our friends on the opposite team bought it.”

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of Recent York, the chairman of House Democrats’ campaign arm, accompanied the president on his trip, as did Paul Tonko, and Pat Ryan, two Democratic congressmen from Recent York. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, greeted Mr. Biden when he arrived in Recent York.

Mr. Biden’s visit was also meant to bolster the fortunes of two Democrats facing tight races in next month’s elections. Mr. Maloney is facing a challenge from Assemblyman Michael Lawler in his district, which incorporates the Hudson Valley.

Mr. Ryan, who won a special House election in August, is in a decent race against Assemblyman Colin Schmitt of Recent Windsor for the swing-district seat. The special election was seen as a possible test of the impact that June’s Supreme Court decision that ended the constitutional right to abortion might need on the midterm elections.

After leaving Poughkeepsie, Mr. Biden traveled to Red Bank, N.J., to take part in a reception for the Democratic National Committee. On Thursday evening, he attended one other reception for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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