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Democratic U.S. Senator says House Republicans oppose bill that includes money for Ohio Intel project

An aerial photo provided shows where Intel will build two manufacturing facilities in Licking County land annexed to New Albany
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation
An aerial photo provided by Intel shows where the computer chip company will build two manufacturing facilities, or fabs, in Licking County land annexed to New Albany. Intel says the $20 billion project spans nearly 1,000 acres and is the largest single private-sector investment in Ohio history.

Federal funding that Ohio leaders have said is critical to the expansion of the Intel project from a $20 billion facility to the world’s largest semiconductor factory could pass soon.

But Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator says it likely won’t be a bipartisan measure.

$52 billion in federal funding for computer chip manufacturing has been folded into the America Competes Act, a huge bill to help the U.S. compete with China.

US Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) both supported that funding in the Senate, but Brown says House Republicans are announcing they’re opposing this bill.

“I’m not really sure why except I think they don’t want Joe Biden to have a victory, but this is a victory for our country. It means that Intel will likely grow, as they say, bigger and quicker in Ohio," Brown said.

Republicans have proposed stripping $8 billion in climate change funding that’s in that bill, which is expected to pass the House on a mostly party line vote.

But differences would have to be worked out with the Senate before the bill could be signed by President Biden.

Intel announced last month in Newark it would build two manufacturing plants, or fabs, for $20 billion, with construction starting later this year. The plants would be operational by 2025. But the company said it could expand to a $100 billion investment if the federal funding is approved.

Ohio leaders have been pushing for that money to be approved, as has Biden. He announced the Intel project before the Ohio event with a press conference that included both Brown and Portman.
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Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.