Portman, Peters Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Direct DHS to Research Supply Chain Vulnerabilities That Threaten National Security Signed into Law as Part of FY 2022 NDAA

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that their bipartisan Domains Critical to Homeland Security Act was signed into law as part of the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Fund (NDAA). The bipartisan legislation directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct research and development into the ways that supply chain vulnerabilities threaten our homeland security. 

“I’m proud that this important legislation to put the best minds at DHS on the job to identify where we have vulnerabilities in our supply chains and develop solutions to strengthen American manufacturing and re-shore jobs in critical sectors has been signed into law as a part of the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act,” said Senator Portman.Between shortages of medical supplies and semiconductors, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how offshoring of our manufacturing base has weakened our homeland security and this bipartisan legislation will direct DHS to address it.” 

“Recent shortages of essential products such as semiconductor chips and lifesaving medical supplies during the pandemic show why our nation needs to take action to limit our overreliance on foreign sources for these critical supplies. Taking concrete action to tackle this national security threat will also create good-paying American jobs,” said Senator Peters. “I’m proud this critical provision has been signed into law so we can increase production of essentials supplies in our nation and protect our national and economic security.”