Yesterday, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) was named to the conference committee for the America COMPETES Act by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Congresswoman Escobar’s selection comes as one of two Democratic Members representing the House Armed Services Committee.
The America COMPETES Act of 2022 addresses inflation and will ensure that America can outcompete any nation in the world by accelerating U.S. production of critical semiconductor chips, strengthening the supply chain to make more goods in America, turbocharging our research capacity to lead the technologies of the future, and advancing our global competitiveness, while supporting strong labor standards and human rights, among other key provisions.
“I’m honored to have been selected as a member of the conference committee for the COMPETES Act,” said Congresswoman Escobar. “This is a unique opportunity to finalize an innovative and monumental legislative package that includes several of my provisions for El Paso to support small businesses, improve safe and efficient travel in our city’s ports of entry, support environmental justice and climate resiliency, and more. I look forward to the negotiations ahead to strengthen our country’s competitiveness.”
The conference committee includes members from both the House and Senate. They will meet with the goal of negotiating the differences between the legislation passed in each chamber, where the House passed the America COMPETES Act and the Senate passed the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA).