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Considered and Passed Senate (03/04/2021)

1st Session
S. 590

To establish limitations regarding Confucius Institutes, and for other purposes.


March 4, 2021

Mr. Kennedy (for himself, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Tillis, Mr. Hawley, Mrs. Blackburn, and Mr. Marshall) introduced the following bill; which was read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed


To establish limitations regarding Confucius Institutes, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Concerns Over Nations Funding University Campus Institutes in the United States Act” or the “CONFUCIUS Act”.

SEC. 2. Restrictions on Confucius Institutes.

(a) Definition.—In this section, the term “Confucius Institute” means a cultural institute directly or indirectly funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

(b) Restrictions on Confucius Institutes.—An institution of higher education or other postsecondary educational institution (referred to in this section as an “institution”) shall not be eligible to receive Federal funds from the Department of Education (except funds under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.) or other Department of Education funds that are provided directly to students) unless the institution ensures that any contract or agreement between the institution and a Confucius Institute includes clear provisions that—

(1) protect academic freedom at the institution;

(2) prohibit the application of any foreign law on any campus of the institution; and

(3) grant full managerial authority of the Confucius Institute to the institution, including full control over what is being taught, the activities carried out, the research grants that are made, and who is employed at the Confucius Institute.

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