WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Rick Scott (R-FL), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) recently reintroduced the DHS Restrictions on Confucius Institutes and Chinese Entities of Concern Act. This bill would protect students and America's national security by preventing federal funding from going to any institute of higher education that is connected to the Chinese Communist Party. Congressman August Pfluger introduced the companion bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives.
“Any institution in the United States connected to the Chinese Communist Party should be stripped of federal funding,” said Senator Tillis. “They are echo chambers for an adversarial regime and threaten free speech in American colleges and universities. I am proud to work with my colleagues on this commonsense legislation to protect American values.”
The DHS Restrictions on Confucius Institutes and Chinese Entities of Concern Act:
- Restricts funding to institutions of higher education that have a relationship with a Communist Chinese entity of concern or Confucius Institute.
- Requires the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that institutions of higher education that has awarded a contract to, entered into an agreement with, or received an in-kind donation or gift from a Chinese entity of concern or Confucius Institute is ineligible to receive specified funds from DHS.