The SEMI Lobbying Campaign for the Economic Stimulus Bill

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The SEMI Lobbying Campaign for the Economic Stimulus Bill

Lobbying in Washington was intense on the stimulus bill with many industries and interest groups seeking to include favorable provisions. SEMI was an active part of that mix and started a lobbying campaign last fall when it became clear there would be a stimulus bill. We met with numerous congressional offices to press our case and targeted our outreach to leadership and key committees.

In terms of leadership, SEMI met with the tax and innovation advisors to Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and helped rank-and-file members prepare their input to House Majority Leader Hoyer (D-MD). SEMI also met with staff to Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education Committee and a conferee on the final bill. In terms of committees, SEMI met with tax staff for the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee as well as a senior advisor to Senate Energy Committee chairman Bingaman (D-NM).

SEMI and our member companies weighed in with many more policymakers through calls and letters. SEMI sent three letters to congressional leadership at various stages of the negotiations and member companies contacted their constituent congressional offices in response to a SEMI Action alert. SEMI also provided input to the Obama Administration through a joint letter and meetings with a group of leading high-tech trade associations.

As part of the lobbying effort, a group of technology CEOs met with President Obama to discuss ways to address the significant challenges that companies face. Mike Splinter, CEO of Applied Materials, participated in this meeting and spoke with President Obama about the potential for PV/solar energy to create new jobs and stimulate the economy. “Structured and implemented in the right way, the recovery package can be much more than just an interim financial rescue plan,” said Splinter. “Wise investment today can lead to a much brighter future for America by putting in place the foundation on which to build a stronger and more competitive economy.”

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Feb 19, 2009