Joe Biden will tackle global chip shortage with executive order

The Biden administration in planning 'aggressive' action to alleviate chip shortages.

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Karissa Bell
February 11th, 2021
UKRAINE - 2020/11/08: In this photo illustration the US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a rally in Wilmington on a YouTube video displayed on a screen of a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Conchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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The Biden administration is planning “aggressive steps” to alleviate the global semiconductor shortage, Bloomberg reports. The chip shortage has impacted the auto industry and contributed to the scarcity of next-generation gaming consoles. 

President Biden “is expected to sign an executive order directing a government-wide supply chain review for critical goods in the coming weeks, with the chip shortage a central concern behind the probe,” the report says. Among the administration's priorities: “identifying choke points in supply chains” to ease current shortages.

In the longer term, the White House may also create new incentives to bring chip manufacturing into the United States, according to CNBC. The top executives of chip makers, including Intel and Qualcomm, have urged the Biden administration to fund such initiatives, though it’s not clear exactly what form the incentives could take.

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