H. R. 1516
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 9, 2023
Mr. Pfluger (for himself, Mr. Green of Tennessee, Mr. Wenstrup, Ms. Greene of Georgia, Mr. Ezell, Mr. D'Esposito, Ms. Lee of Florida, Mr. Luttrell, Mr. Gimenez, Mr. Strong, Mr. Guest, Mr. Bishop of North Carolina, and Mr. Brecheen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security
To establish Department of Homeland Security funding restrictions on institutions of higher education that have a relationship with Confucius Institutes, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
DHS Restrictions on Confucius Institutes and Chinese Entities of Concern Act.
Limitations on Confucius Institutes’ host schools
In this section:
Chinese entity of concern
The term Chinese entity of concern means any university or college in the People’s Republic of China that—
is involved in the implementation of military-civil fusion;
participates in the Chinese defense industrial base;
is affiliated with the Chinese State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for the National Defense;
receives funding from any organization subordinate to the Central Military Commission of the Chinese Communist Party; or
provides support to any security, defense, police, or intelligence organization of the Government of the People’s Republic of China or the Chinese Communist Party.
The term Confucius Institute means a cultural institute funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
Institution of higher education
The term institution of higher education has the meaning given such term in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002).
The term relationship means, with respect to an institution of higher education, any contract awarded, or agreement entered into, as well as any in-kind donation or gift, received from a Confucius Institute or Chinese entity of concern.
Restrictions on institutions of higher education
Beginning with the first fiscal year that begins after the date that is 12 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure that an institution of higher education (referred to in this section as an “institution”) which has a relationship with a Confucius Institute or Chinese entity of concern is ineligible to receive any funds from the Department of Homeland Security, unless the institution terminates the relationship between the institution and such Confucius Institute or Chinese entity of concern, as the case may be. Upon the termination of such a relationship, the institution at issue shall be eligible to receive funds from the Department of Homeland Security.