Unique A bipartisan effort is underway in the Senate to ban China and other hostile countries from manufacturing any US taxpayer-funded technologies.
On Tuesday, Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and JD Vance, R-Ohio, will introduce the Invent Here, Make Here Act of 2023. It would require all federal agencies that commercialize taxpayer-funded research to invent new products to license only to American manufacturers.
While current law requires federally funded inventions to be manufactured in the United States, senators say this requirement is often waived, allowing cutting-edge, taxpayer-funded technologies to be licensed to foreign companies. Can be delivered and manufactured in countries like China.
“When taxpayer dollars are used to fund innovation, American companies and workers should benefit,” Baldwin said.
This “flawed” system was exposed in late 2022 when an investigative report by NPR revealed that the Department of Energy had approved the manufacture of vanadium redox flow batteries — a revolutionary technology invented by scientists at a federally funded lab — China to get the license.
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Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)
“By building on the progress we’ve made to manufacture more products in the United States, the Invent Here, Make Here Act ensures that cutting-edge American innovation is also American-made, boosting our manufacturing sector and our domestic supply chains.” strengthens and supports American jobs.” Baldwin said.
Sen. JD Vance (AP Photo/Tom E. Pushkar, File)
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In the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2023, Sens. Baldwin and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, included a provision to strengthen the exemption process for inventions resulting from federal research at the Department of Homeland Security.
But the new rules would expand the scope to include all programs funded by all federal agencies. The bill would completely ban the exemption for license applications from companies that intend to manufacture in “countries of concern” — currently China, Russia, North Korea and Iran.
“Taxpayer-funded innovation should benefit American workers and industry, not our foreign adversaries. For too long, we have allowed American successes to be offshored to countries like China and Russia – this law will end those abuses.” will end,” Vance said, “It’s common sense: Products developed with American taxpayer dollars must be manufactured by American workers on American soil.”
President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to Wolfspeed, a semiconductor manufacturer, on March 28, 2023 in Durham, North Carolina. (Melissa Sue Gerrits / Getty Images)
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The bill would also require the National Institute of Standards and Technology—part of the Commerce Department and one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories—to improve coordination with other federal agencies to encourage the commercialization of federal research by domestic manufacturers. .
Michael Stumo, CEO of the Coalition for a Prosperous America, praised the bill, saying, “For too long, our government has been subsidizing the creation of critical technologies in China and other countries. It encourages research for taxpayer money.” There’s no point in doing something that would encourage research.” would then be produced in hostile countries.”
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“We applaud Sens. Baldwin and Vance for introducing this long-awaited legislation,” he said.
Brianna Herlihy is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.