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    GM, Ford, Stellantis reps among those at roundtable on chip shortage

    Democratic politicians, labor leaders and automaker representatives gathered at a UAW hall in Taylor on Monday to raise the alarm about the danger that the global semiconductor shortage poses to manufacturing in the United States and how it threatens auto industry jobs in Michigan in particular.

    The roundtable, which included both U.S. senators from Michigan, various U.S. House representatives, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, also sought to highlight efforts in Congress to push more than $50 billion included in bills in both houses to support domestic chip production, with a hope to secure passage before the end of this year.

    Raimondo said the legislation would be used to incentivize companies for production and boost training, and it should fund more than six production facilities, with various officials at the event suggesting Michigan as a good location. Still, it will take more than a year at a minimum to see any production benefits from the legislation, she said.

    It’s critical to move forward, however, she said. 

    “We’re in a very vulnerable spot,” Raimondo said. “Chips are the building blocks of our entire modern economy.”

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