Senate Democrats call for Trump administration to unveil details of TSMC plant deal

TSMC | May 20, 2020

Senate Democrats call for Trump administration to unveil details of TSMC plant deal
Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to answer “serious questions” about Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd’s plans to build a U.S.-based $12 billion plant, flagging national security concerns and potentially undisclosed subsidies. TSMC, the world’s biggest contract chipmaker and supplier to U.S. tech giants such as Apple Inc, announced the project last week, in a move trumpeted by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross as signaling a “renaissance in American manufacturing” fueled by President Donald Trump. In a letter addressed Tuesday to Ross and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer and two colleagues said they “strongly support” efforts by the administration to “on-shore” semiconductor plants in the United States.

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Ephesoft's Intelligent Document Processing Platform is Now FedRAMP Compliant

Ephesoft | November 16, 2021

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President Donald Trump is traveling in North Carolina and South Carolina today to survey the damage left by Hurricane Florence and to talk to people in the region who have been impacted by the storm or who are helping recovery efforts.