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42 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2023 American Made Advocacy by Travis Kelly, PCBAA PCBAA hosted its second annual meeting, June 13–14, in Washington, D.C. It was great to see our founding members as well as many new corporate and individual members. On the first day, we heard from senior officials at the Departments of Commerce and Defense, as well as several members of the House and Senate. We spent the second day on Capitol Hill lobbying for the Protecting Circuit Boards and Substrates Act (PCBS). I am pleased to report that several members of the House of Representatives pledged to become cospon- sors, and more are sure to follow. Our guest speakers shared closely related themes that resonate on Capitol Hill: • ere are real risks associated with dependence on Asia • e Defense Department runs on microelectronics • We need to bring high-tech manufacturing back to America ey all agreed that the complex microelec- tronics ecosystem will always be global. ey also said the pendulum has swung too far and we are over-reliant on other nations for crit- Taking the Fight to Capitol Hill

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