Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) on Thursday introduced the ‘Preventing Malign CCP Influence on Academic Institutions Act’ to “shed light on monetary gifts that America’s schools are taking from Communist China,” according to a press release.
“The Chinese Communist Party has been targeting our universities for a long time, and Americans deserve to know whether their schools are yoking themselves to such an oppressive, authoritarian regime,” Sen. Kennedy said of the legislation. “This bill would shine a light on where Beijing is peddling its influence on the U.S. campuses that shape our kids’ hearts and minds.”
The bill would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to reveal disclosures of foreign gifts to schools and require any educational institution that interacts with a Chinese organization to disclose all joint activities, including exchanges or research, the press release notes.
“Under Kennedy’s bill, any educational institution that receives more than $5,000 from a Chinese-affiliated entity in any given year would have to disclose the full name of the donor to the Department of Education,” the release goes on to say. “The school would also have to provide instructions on how the Department of Education can gather more information about the donation.”
Chinese-affiliated entities include individuals, universities, think tanks, as well as cultural, educational, or language programs that have members of the CCP sitting on their boards of directors.
“In addition, institutions would have to publish all contracts and agreements with Chinese entities on their websites so the public can freely access that information,” the release adds.
Read the full bill below: