KEVIN FREKING 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has passed a bill that's designed to encourage more semiconductor companies to build chip plants in the United States.

The $280 billion measure, which awaits a House vote, includes federal grants and tax breaks for companies that construct their chip facilities in the U.S.

It also directs Congress to significantly increase spending on high-tech research programs that lawmakers say will help the country stay economically competitive in the decades ahead.

Senate passage came by a 64-33 vote Wednesday.

The House vote is expected later this week as lawmakers try to wrap up business before returning to their home states and districts in August.