Moore’s bill spurs U.S.-made circuit board creation

U.S. Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT) on May 11 sponsored a bipartisan bill that would authorize appropriations of $3 billion to carry out a program that incentivizes the domestic production of printed circuit boards (PCBs), which are the material on which semiconductors sit and are a critical part of the supply chain.

“The Protecting Circuit Boards and Substrates Act provides a tried and true approach to incentivizing American companies to produce printed circuit boards here at home, which will maintain the integrity of military and national security commercial materials, boost our economy and workforce, and usher in a new era of American manufacturing,” Rep. Moore said last week. 

The congressman introduced H.R. 3249 with original cosponsor U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) to complement semiconductor incentives by encouraging domestic PCB manufacturing and R&D to reduce supply chain disruptions, address national security concerns related to foreign PCB production, and further enhance America’s economic leadership, according to a bill summary provided by Rep. Moore’s staff.

“Now is the moment for Congress to take decisive action by furthering robust legislation to reshore our manufacturing, strengthen our supply chains, and prioritize national security,” said Rep. Moore. “The progress we have made on semiconductors is a significant step in the right direction, but congressional support for the entire microelectronics ecosystem is needed to reduce reliance on China.”

Specifically, H.R. 3249 would provide a 25 percent tax credit for the purchase or acquisition of American-made PCBs; establish a financial assistance program for American facilities manufacturing or researching PCBs; and require a presidential determination for single financial awards over $150 million, among other provisions, according to a bill summary provided by Rep. Moore’s office.

“If we want to ensure technological superiority across the global stage and strengthen national security, we need to bring PCB production back to America, which is exactly what my bipartisan bill does,” said Rep. Eshoo.

The bill is supported by the Printed Circuit Board Association of America, IPC International Inc., and TTM Technologies.