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Plumbing Manufacturers International Applauds Science R&D Investments and STEM Education Provisions in New CHIPS and Science Act

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CHIPSActPlumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) applauds congressional approval of the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. The legislation, expected to be signed by President Joe Biden, was developed to strengthen our nation’s competitiveness with China through increased investments in scientific research and development, federal STEM education programs, cybersecurity, innovation programs, and semiconductor manufacturing.

The bill provides a comprehensive reauthorization of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which plays a pivotal role in America’s science and technology advancement by determining industry standards critical to fair competition and supporting U.S. manufacturing. The bill makes crucial investments in research, including re-establishing a laboratory to promote the development of innovative technologies that will modernize our nation’s aging water infrastructure and improve water efficiency in homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. Companies, academic institutions and other federal agencies rely on NIST's laboratory programs to provide foundational research.

PMI has actively advocated for NIST having the authority and resources it needs to carry out its mission. “Ultimately, NIST’s research will inform a comprehensive upgrade of U.S. plumbing structure, design and construction standards and will help the plumbing manufacturing industry develop safe and reliable plumbing systems to achieve trustworthy water quality and better water efficiency,” said PMI CEO and Executive Director Kerry Stackpole.

PMI thanks House Science and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), ranking member Frank Lucas (R-OK), and committee members Paul Tonko (D-NY), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), and Haley Stevens (D-MI) for leading efforts on the NIST reauthorization package and attaching it to the CHIPS Act.

Over the years, PMI and key stakeholders have worked with Congress and NIST to address and prioritize research needs on plumbing. The research initiative included in the CHIPS bill is based on legislation developed by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who have both previously introduced measures to expand NIST’s efforts on drinking water.

About Plumbing Manufacturers International

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is the trade association of plumbing product manufacturers that produce more than 90% of the United States’ plumbing products, represent more than 150 iconic brands, and develop safe, reliable and innovative water-efficient plumbing technologies. PMI members contribute more than 464,000 jobs and $85.5 billion in economic impact to America's economy.

With a vision of safe, responsible plumbing – always, PMI advocates for plumbing product performance contributing to water efficiency and savings, sustainability, public health and safety, and consumer satisfaction. PMI members manufacture water-efficient toilets, urinals, faucets, showerheads and other products at more than 70 locations across the country and market them online and in more than 24,000 home improvement stores, hardware stores and showrooms in all 50 states. For more information on PMI, contact the organization at 1750 Tysons Blvd., Ste. 1500, McLean, Va., 22102; tel.: 847-481-5500; fax: 847-481-5501. www.safeplumbing.org

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