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On heels of Micron announcement, Schumer pushes to limit use of foreign-made microchips

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer addresses audience members in this undated photo.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is launching a new effort to limit the importation of microchips made in China now that the United States and Central New York are poised to make more.

Schumer said three Chinese companies with ties to the Chinese government, the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, ChangXin Memory Technologies and Yangtze Memory Technologies, are actively selling microchips to companies that do business with the U.S. federal government, which makes the the nation more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Schumer is working to add a bipartisan provision to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act to limit the use of products or services procured by the federal government if they pose a national security risk. He didn't say when the chip cutoff might take effect, or if it will contribute to the already short supply of chips.

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