SIA Blog

Our 8-Point Plan to Advance Semiconductor Industry Priorities in 2016

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Jan 19, 2016 3:30:00 PM

SIA has long championed federal policies that promote U.S. innovation, economic growth, and global competitiveness. Now that the 114th Congress has reached its midpoint and lawmakers have resumed legislative work in the new year, it’s a good time to assess the progress made in 2015 on some of the semiconductor industry’s policy priorities and the work that remains for 2016. [DOWNLOAD SIA'S 2016 POLICY PRIORITIES HERE] 

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Topics: IP, tax, trade, research, environment, anticounterfeiting, export, anti-counterfeiting, exports

Congress Has Historic Opportunity to Modernize U.S. Chemicals Law

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Oct 7, 2015 10:30:00 AM

On Oct. 11, 1976, the primary federal law pertaining to federal oversight of the production and use of chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was enacted. The law has not been updated since, and there is widespread consensus from a wide range of stakeholders that the law needs to be reformed. In the coming weeks, the Senate may have a chance to approve legislation (S. 697) that would modernize federal chemicals law. SIA supports this legislation and urges its swift approval. 

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Topics: environment, chemicals

House Approves Needed Updates to Federal Chemicals Law

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jun 24, 2015 9:27:40 AM

The House of Representatives last night approved the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576), legislation that would enhance the protection of health and the environment, while also providing the semiconductor industry and other sectors with certainty in the selection and use of chemicals. We applaud the House for passing this legislation and urge the Senate to approve companion legislation (S.697) in short order.  The House and Senate would then need to reconcile the two bills before sending the legislation to the president.

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Topics: environment, chemicals

SIA Supports Efforts to Modernize U.S. Chemicals Law

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on May 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The sound regulation of chemicals essential to semiconductor manufacturing is a key issue for the continued success of the U.S. semiconductor industry. SIA is encouraged that both houses of Congress have developed bipartisan bills (S. 697; House Discussion Draft) to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including positive reforms on many issues of interest to the semiconductor industry.

TSCA was enacted in 1976 and has not been updated since. Updates to this law are long overdue, and we hope Congress will approve legislation this year that achieves targeted reforms to the law.

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Topics: environment, chemicals

UN Should Not Prohibit Use of Chemicals Vital to Semiconductor Manufacturing

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Mar 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

At a meeting in Vienna, Austria this week, a United Nations commission will decide whether to restrict the use of two chemicals of critical importance to the semiconductor industry under an international drug control agreement. In comments to the U.S. government, SIA outlined its strong opposition to the restriction of these chemicals and urged U.S. representatives to vote against it. SIA also has urged other governments to oppose this listing, and we have received support from the other semiconductor associations that are part of the World Semiconductor Council (WSC).

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Topics: environment, materials, chemicals

Critical Materials Necessary for Semiconductor Manufacturing

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Oct 3, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Today is National Manufacturing Day, a day to recognize the importance of U.S. manufacturing and assess what is needed to strengthen it. One vital component to continued manufacturing strength in the U.S. is access to critical materials, the lifeblood of the manufacturing process. 

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Topics: helium, environment, materials

Five Actions Policymakers Should Take to Spur U.S. Innovation

Posted by Dan Rosso, Communications Manager on Sep 26, 2014 6:00:00 AM

In the U.S. semiconductor industry and across the broader tech sector, innovation occurs through the hard work and ingenuity of tech workers and smart public policy from the federal government. Although Congress has adjourned until after the November elections, SIA continues to work to achieve progress on a range of policy initiatives that would boost U.S. innovation, economic strength and global competitiveness. 

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Topics: immigration, tax, trade, technology, research, environment, policy

Emerging Technologies Can Help Save Gas, Reduce Traffic

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Sep 4, 2014 7:00:00 AM

If you were one of the millions of Americans who got stuck in Labor Day traffic last weekend, take heart – there’s hope for quicker, less costly travel in the future.  

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Topics: technology, environment

Program Helps Track and Improve Semiconductor Industry Environmental Performance

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jun 18, 2014 11:00:00 AM

For over a decade, SIA has worked with member companies to collect environmental data concerning the U.S. semiconductor industry. These surveys, which are the cornerstone of SIA’s Environmental Metrics Program (EMP), are important tools for our industry for benchmarking and achieving continuous improvement.

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Topics: statistics, environment

Advanced Semiconductors Enable Cleaner, More Efficient Use of Energy

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jun 11, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Two recent articles illustrate the many ways in which advancements in semiconductors can promote energy efficiency and clean energy.

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Topics: energy, EHS, environment