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Republican rep. introduces act to block funding to colleges with ties to Chinese Communist Party

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced the “End College Chinese Communist Partnerships Act” Tuesday, an act that blocks institutions of higher education with ties to the Chinese Communist Party from receiving federal funding.

The bill, also known as the “End College CCP Act,” prevents colleges and universities from receiving federal funding if they contract with entities “owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, or organized under the laws of the People’s Republic of China,” according to Fox News, who first obtained the bill. Federal funds that go directly to students will not be blocked. Institutions would be able to receive federal funding again, but only if they disclose all contracts with entities that fit the description in the legislation over the last ten years, and only if they provide sufficient evidence that they cut all ties with the entities. 

Stefanik proposed the legislation in the wake of the Biden Administration’s decision to overturn a rule requiring universities receiving certain federal funds to report any ties to Confucius Institutes, largely considered to be propaganda groups for the Chinese Communist Party. Stefanik proposed an amendment to the newest $1.9 trillion stimulus package last week which would have prevented federal funds being sent to universities that partner with Confucius Institutes, but it was blocked by the House Education and Labor Committee. Stefanik told Fox News last week “House Democrats may have blocked my amendment last week, but their dangerous partisan obstruction will not stop me from standing up for America and strongly against China.” 

According to a 2019 Congressional report on foreign influence in American universities, the Chinese government has spent over $158 million on Confucius Institutes at over 100 universities. The report also stated that, before the Biden administration lifted reporting requirements, over 70% of universities failed to meet the reporting requirements for foreign gifts. National security officials on both sides of the political aisle believe that China is the United States’ greatest national security threat. President Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month to outline his concerns, but critics believe he has been soft on the Chinese Communist Party.

ARTICLE: RICHARD TILLMAN

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE POST-STAR

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