WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of Senate Republicans is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to avoid hurting American chipmakers, which they see as essential to the coronavirus response and the U.S. economy, as the administration cracks down on chip exports to China.
In a letter dated Wednesday, six senators, including Susan Collins, John Cornyn and Todd Young, expressed concern over rules released by the U.S. Commerce Department last week that could curb exports of chips and other technology to China in a bid to keep them from its military.
One of the rules expands the definition of a military buyer, potentially allowing the U.S. government to block semiconductor production equipment and other sales to China.
That rule and another, which does away with civilian license exceptions, are slated to go into effect in June without allowing industry to comment on the final versions.
“We are concerned that the Department of