U.S. Commerce Dept pressing Taiwan to supply more chips to U.S. automakers

WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department is pressing Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) and other Taiwanese firms to prioritize the needs of American automakers to ease chip shortages in the near term, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Tuesday.

Raimondo told a Council of the Americas event that longer term, increased investment is needed to produce more semi-conductors in the United States and other critical supply chains need re-shoring, including to allied countries.

"We're working hard to see if we can get the Taiwanese and TSMC, which is a big company there, to, you know, prioritize the needs of our auto companies since there's so many American jobs on the line," Raimondo said in response to a question from a General Motors (GM) executive. "As I said there's not a day goes by that we don't push on that." (Reporting by David Lawder Editing by Chris Reese)

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