(Kennewick, WA) -- US Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) visited the Tri-Cities Wednesday and met with with local research officials and business leaders to discuss the CHIPS and Science Act and how it will directly benefit the Tri-Cities region.

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At news conference, Murray talked up the benefits of the just-signed act saying "leading the world in innovation also leads to good-paying jobs.” She added a lot of those jobs would be based in Tri-Cities. Murray cited Micron’s investment at PNNL, as an example of what will happen in the region

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The recently passed CHIPS and Science Act will enable the Department of Commerce to provide $39 billion in incentives via loans, loan guarantees and grants to chip manufacturers, as well as to companies that do not make chips. The bill also provides a 25 percent investment tax credit for semiconductor manufacturing equipment and the construction of semiconductor manufacturing facilities.

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