EXCLUSIVE – The Senate is considering a bipartisan bill that would forbid China and other adversaries from producing any technologies that were sponsored by American tax dollars.
The Invent Here, Make Here Act of 2023, which will mandate all federal agencies that commercialise taxpayer-funded research to invent new goods to licence only to American manufacturers, will be introduced on Tuesday by Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and JD Vance, R-Ohio.
The senators claim that even though current legislation mandates that ideas supported by federal funds be produced domestically, this provision is frequently disregarded, allowing cutting-edge, taxpayer-funded technologies to be licenced to foreign firms and produced in places like China.
“American companies and workers are the ones who should be reaping the benefits when taxpayer dollars are used to fund innovation,” stated Baldwin.
This “flawed” approach came to light in late 2022 when an NPR investigation discovered that the Department of Energy had authorised China to receive a production licence for vanadium redox flow batteries, a ground-breaking invention by researchers working in a federally financed lab.