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What we're hearing: Kelly's NEPA CHIPS plan

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Jan 30, 2024
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Sen. Mark Kelly is taking another stab at getting faster NEPA reviews for semiconductor money.

Why it matters: The Arizona Democrat is concerned that permitting might hold up financing key to President Biden's energy, tech and national security ambitions.

Driving the news: Kelly told Axios in the Senate subway that he's trying to get his proposal for quicker reviews of CHIPS Act money included in spending talks.

  • Of the path forward, Kelly said, "Appropriations bills, omnibus."
  • Without naming names, Kelly complained about House Democrats who apparently backed the last-second removal of the language he crafted with Sen. Ted Cruz from the NDAA.
  • "This is a bipartisan failure of the House," he lamented.

Yes, but: It's unlikely the chaotic, fractious House members dynamics have changed much between last year and now, so the jury's still out on riders getting into appropriations.

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