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S. 1879: Protect Our Universities Act of 2019

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If China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea are trying to use spies at colleges to gain an edge on American technology and research, what steps should be taken?


Often-hostile nations such as China and Russia have used spies and informants at U.S. universities to gain an edge on what top colleges are developing in research, science, and technology.

The FBI has begun monitoring them, but institutions such as the Chinese military are believed to have benefitted from the intelligence.

What the legislation does

The Protect Our Universities Act aims to crack down on this issue, by:

  • Requiring exchange students from four nations — China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia — to obtain a waiver after a background check from the Director of National Intelligence before participating in any “sensitive research ...

Sponsor and status

Joshua Hawley

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Missouri. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 18, 2019
Length: 19 pages
Jun 18, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jun 18, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 18, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jun 18, 2019

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S. 1879 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1879. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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