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Senate Bill Improves Supply Chain Security Against China

A new, bipartisan bill in the Senate seeks to bolster protection of U.S. supply chains from potential breaches by China.

Introduced July 30 by senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Mark Warner (D-VA), the Microchips Act (S 2316) proposes creation of a coordinated, national strategy to defend against Beijing’s attempts to “undermine U.S. national security by exploiting and penetrating U.S. supply chains.”

Among its provisions the act would establish a National Supply Chain Security Center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to collect supply chain threat information and disseminate it to agencies with the authority to intervene.

The act would also make funds available under the Defense Production Act for federal supply chain security enhancements, and would direct the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Defense, and other relevant agencies to develop a plan to increase supply chain security and develop interagency sharing.

The text of the act can be viewed here, and a summary here.

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