Budzinski: We Need to Make More Things in America Again

Springfield, IL – Today, Nikki Budzinski, candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District, joined 22 Governors of both parties in calling for the immediate passage of the Creating Helpful Incentives for the Production of Semiconductors for America Act, or CHIPS Act. This bipartisan legislation that garnered 68 votes in the Senate last year would help to boost US manufacturing capabilities of semiconductors, alleviate supply chain issues and decrease our dependence on foreign adversaries like China.

Illinois is an optimal location for semiconductor manufacturing. The state has convenient access to the needed natural resources, is an ideal manufacturing location in the center of the country, and has a highly trained and educated workforce. There is a bipartisan bill going through Congress now that would offer incentives for manufacturers to begin producing semiconductors in Illinois.

Nikki Budzinski made the following statement: “We need to start making more things in America again. One of the ways to attack the overseas supply chain issue and our increasing reliance on Chinese imports is to start manufacturing semiconductor chips right here in Illinois with funding from the CHIPS Act. We’ve been gradually shipping good, American jobs out of the United States for too long. Now we’re paying the price as Illinoisans have been squeezed by the impact of manufacturing and supply chains offshored to China. My campaign is about creating good paying jobs for working families right here in Central and Southern Illinois. In Congress, I’ll fight every single day to increase American manufacturing, solve our global supply chain issues, and decrease our reliance on Chinese imports.”


Nikki Budzinski is a labor activist, former Chief of Staff at the Office of Management and Budget in the Biden Administration and Senior Advisor to Governor JB Pritzker. Born in Peoria, Illinois, she’s the granddaughter of a union painter and public-school teachers.  Nikki has over ten years’ experience in the labor movement, working for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and International Association of Fire Fighters.