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Rep. Bera Named to COMPETES Act Conference Committee

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D (D-CA) released the following statement after being selected to serve on the Conference Committee for the America COMPETES Act.

“I am honored to be appointed by Speaker Pelosi to serve on the Conference Committee for the America COMPETES Act. This legislation presents a once in a generation opportunity to invest in America to ensure that the United States remains a leader on the global stage and that the American worker can compete and succeed in the global economy of the 21st century.

America’s greatest assets have long been our innovation, our ingenuity, and the American people. By investing in these once again, we will lay the foundation for our country’s success and prosperity for generations to come, while unleashing our potential to outcompete any nation on earth. I am proud to be a part of reinvesting in those assets yet again.

As a senior member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I look forward to the opportunity to strengthen provisions in this legislation that will ensure the United States remains the undisputed leader in science and technology. As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, I will leverage our active engagement with allies and partners across the Indo-Pacific to ensure this bill invests in American diplomatic, economic, and security partnerships in a way that demonstrates our enduring commitment to the region.

I look forward to working with my fellow conferees to iron out final legislation to send to the President’s desk.”

The Conference Committee will include members from both the House and Senate, tasked with resolving the differences between the House-passed America COMPETES Act and the Senate-passed United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA). The Committee’s goal is to produce a final bill that can pass both the House and Senate and be signed into law by the President.

Representative Bera voted to pass the America COMPETES Act in February 2022. The legislation included several critical provisions authored by Bera.

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