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Rubio Introduces Bill to Close Confucius Institutes Loophole

Jun 6, 2023 | Press Releases

Confucius Institutes continue to pose a threat to the American people as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses colleges and universities to influence higher education in our nation. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced the creation of a Confucius Institute Waiver Program (CIWP) that will be responsible for approving or denying waiver applications from any U.S. college that hosts a Confucius Institute. 

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the No Federal Funding for CCP Spying and Persuasion In Education Settings (SPIES) Act. The bill closes the CIWP loophole and prohibits any DoD funding for colleges that host Confucius Institutes. The legislation also prohibits DoD funding for international institutions of higher education that host Confucius Institutes.

  • “U.S. taxpayer dollars should not be benefiting the CCP and its murderous regime. Confucius Institutes, which are directed by Beijing, have plagued college campuses in our nation with the CCP’s propaganda. There is no reason why the DoD should support these institutes.” – Senator Rubio

Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

  • “There is no situation where we should make it easier for the Chinese Communist Party to spy on our universities. Safeguarding American research by ensuring no DOD funds go to universities with Confucius Institutes is common sense and vital to our national security.” – Congressman Banks

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