Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced an amendment on Tuesday that takes aim at severing any ties that institutions of higher education hold with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Stefanik argues that the CCP is “one of the biggest adversaries” that we face, adding that the regime is “antithetical to our values.”
“The United States must clearly counter this dangerous regime,” she said of the CCP. “And institutions of higher learning that continue to engage in partnerships affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party are ignoring genocidal acts in favor of monetary gain. This does not represent who we are as Americans, or our American values.”
"We cannot continue to look the other way as the Chinese Communist Party continues to jeopardize our institutions of higher learning."— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) February 10, 2021
The amendment would strip funding from institutions associated with the CCP.
“...an institution shall not be eligible to receive an allocation under this section if such institution has a partnership in effect with an entity that is— (A) owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the Government of the People’s Republic of China; or (B) organized under the laws of the People’s Republic of China.”
House Democrats ultimately rejected Stefanik’s amendment, in favor of funding institutions with ties to the CCP.
????At 3 am, House Democrats voted against my amendment which would have prohibited funds to higher education institutions who partner with the Chinese Communist Party ????— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) February 10, 2021