68-32: Senate passes legislation on a bipartisan vote to boost science and technology research for the US to better compete with China. 60 votes were needed.

US Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) now heads to the House.
Sanders (I-VT) joined 31 Republicans in voting No against China competition bill. senate.gov/legislative/LI…
19Rs Yes on China competition bill: Policy Chair Blunt, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Finance Ranking Mbr Crapo, Daines, Budget RM Graham, Judiciary RM Grassley, GOP Ldr McConnell, Murkowski, Portman Foreign Rels RM Risch, Romney,Rounds,Sasse,Sullivan Tillis,Commerce RM Wicker & Young
Biden on Senate-passed China competition bill: "It is long past time we invest in American workers & American innovation...I look fwd to working w/the House on this important bipartisan legislation, & I look fwd to signing it into law as soon as possible."

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