Today, the Senate began voting on instructions for conferees (Motions to Instruct) for the bipartisan jobs and competition bill, known formally in the Senate as the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA)
Championed by Senator Reverend Warnock, the jobs and competition bill will create and support Georgia jobs by investing in the state’s workforce and research capacity
Senator Reverend Warnock also worked to ensure the draft competition bill will lower costs for Georgians by promoting chip manufacturing in the U.S. and addressing supply chain issues to reduce the price of everyday goods
The Motion to Instruct (MTI) offered by Senator Reverend Warnock would help create Georgia jobs and strengthen the state’s workforce by bolstering institutional research capacity at HBCUs was passed unanimously
In April, Senator Reverend Warnock announced he will represent Georgia on a bicameral, bipartisan committee to negotiate the final text of the jobs and competition bill
***WATCH SENATOR WARNOCK SPEAK ON HIS JOB CREATION PROVISION ON THE SENATE FLOOR***
ICYMI from Senator Reverend Warnock yesterday: “Passing this competition bill is one of the most urgent things we can do right now to curb rising costs that are hurting hardworking Georgians, and make the critical investments necessary to create good-paying jobs in every corner of our state”
Washington, D.C. – Today, as the Senate continued voting on instructions for conferees — Motions to Instruct (MTIs) — for the bipartisan jobs and competition bill, known formally in the Senate as the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), the Senate unanimously approved U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock’s (D-GA) MTI that would help create Georgia jobs and strengthen the state’s workforce by bolstering institutional research capacity at HBCUs. Prior to the approval of his MTI, Senator Warnock spoke on the Senate floor about the urgent importance of investing in the Georgia’s higher education institutions to create new jobs and prepare the state’s workforce for the jobs of the future.
“This legislation will help to lower costs for hardworking families, create jobs, and equip the nation to compete in a changing economy,” Senator Warnock told his colleagues on the floor prior to the vote on his MTI. “Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been putting in the work. For years, they’ve always had to punch above their weight. But they play a critical role in creating those jobs, and ensuring that we have a diverse, trained workforce for new technology, for research and advanced manufacturing opportunities in Georgia and indeed, across the country. And that’s why we have to invest in their ability to meet tomorrow’s challenges. When we invest in all of our young people, we position our economy to be strong 10 years, 20 years, 30 years into the future. And so the purpose of this motion is very simple, it will ensure that our entire higher education sector can contribute to our growing tech and innovation economy, that we make good use of all of our talent, creating businesses and good paying jobs in Georgia and all across the nation. I hope that we can adopt this motion by a voice vote.” (WATCH FULL VIDEO OF SENATOR REVEREND WARNOCK’S FLOOR REMARKS HERE.)
Championed by Senator Reverend Warnock, the jobs and competition bill will create and support Georgia jobs by investing in the state’s workforce and research capacity. Senator Reverend Warnock also worked to ensure the draft competition bill will lower costs for Georgians by promoting domestic chip manufacturing in the U.S. and addressing supply chain issues to reduce the price of everyday goods. Earlier this week, Senator Reverend Warnock reiterated his strong support for the bipartisan legislation that will create jobs and lower rising costs for Georgians, and highlighted the importance of the Senate adopting Motions to Instruct (MTIs) as an important next step toward getting the vital legislation over the finish line and signed into law:
In April, Senator Warnock was appointed to a bipartisan, bicameral committee to negotiate the final legislation. On Wednesday, May 4, the Senate is expected to vote on an MTI authored by Senator Warnock that would bolster institutional research capacity at HBCUs. As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Warnock has long championed the jobs and competition legislation, and has worked since last year to ensure the legislation would bolster support for Georgia’s growing tech and manufacturing industries. Senator Warnock is pushing to ensure the final legislation creates jobs and spurs economic opportunity in every corner of the state; invests in a skilled Georgia workforce; strengthens innovation, research, and manufacturing competitiveness in Georgia; and addresses semiconductor shortages and creates jobs by promoting chip manufacturing in the U.S.