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, applauded the Senate for passing their bipartisan Domains Critical to Homeland Security Act as part of the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Fund (NDAA). The bipartisan legislation will direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct research and development into the ways that supply chain vulnerabilities threaten our homeland security.
“I applaud the Senate for passing this important legislation as a part of the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act because between shortages of medical supplies and semiconductors, the past year and a half has exposed how offshoring of our manufacturing base has weakened our homeland security,” said Senator Portman. “This bipartisan legislation puts 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.”
“Federal agencies and Congress must do more to support the domestic production of critical supplies so that we can create good paying American jobs and protect our homeland security. As we saw from a shortage of semiconductor chips that hurt autoworkers and manufacturers across Michigan and the shortage of critical medical supplies during the pandemic, our nation’s overreliance on foreign manufacturers for supplies presents serious national and economic security risks,” said Senator Peters. “I’m proud this bipartisan provision will now be signed into law, and I will continue my efforts as Chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to bolster our nation’s supply chains.”