Sending Office: Honorable David E. Price
Sent By:
Nora.Blalock@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support Foreign Language Learning in FY 20

Deadline: COB, Monday, March 25

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Dear Colleague:

Please join us in urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education to include a funding level of $106 million for International Education and Foreign Language Studies for Fiscal Year 2020.  This includes $95.7
million for HEA-Title VI and $10.4 million for Fulbright-Hays programs. The proposed increases will begin to restore these programs to their prior funding levels after nine years of sequestration.

For decades, Title VI/Fulbright-Hays programs have helped our nation develop a strong foundation in international education, research, and foreign language studies, especially in the less-commonly taught languages that hold special strategic interest for
our national defense and diplomatic presence around the world.

The various programs funded under this account serve to strengthen the nation’s educational infrastructure in areas where the need grows greater by the day.  The future national security and economic well-being of the United States will depend substantially
on the ability of its citizens to communicate and compete by knowing the languages and cultures of other countries. 

Unfortunately, the United States lags in the percentage of its citizens who have some knowledge of a second language as compared to other nations.  To address these gaps, we need strong academic programs in critical foreign languages and intensive training
in multi-disciplinary regional studies that are vital to our global economic competitiveness, national security, and other key priorities.

We hope that you will join us in requesting that $106 million be provided for Title VI/ Fulbright-Hays International Education and Foreign Language programs in the FY20 Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill.  The deadline to
sign-on is COB on March 25, 2019 using
this link
.  For more information, please contact Nora (Price) at
nora.blalock@mail.house.gov
.  

Sincerely,

 

___________________                                              ___________________         

Rep. David Price                                                         Rep. Don Young                                

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress             

 


Dear Chairman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:

As you draft your Fiscal Year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill, we request that you include $106 million in funding for International Education and Foreign Language Studies for Fiscal Year 2020. This includes $95.7 million
for HEA-Title VI and $10.4 million for Fulbright-Hays programs.

Title VI/Fulbright-Hays programs have had a tremendous impact on our nation over the years by developing a strong foundation in international education, research, and foreign language studies, especially in the less-commonly taught languages of U.S. strategic
interest. 

Multiple GAO reports have cited shortfalls of language and culture skills in the U.S. military and intelligence community, finding that our nation’s language deficit could threaten our priorities and missions around the globe.  At the same time, growing
security challenges in other issue areas such as global health, environment, food production, cybersecurity, and law enforcement increasingly depend on international knowledge and skills.  Meanwhile, America’s business and their clientele are diversifying
and globalizing their operations, requiring language skills and cultural knowledge to compete successfully in global markets.

The Commission on Language Learning of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, requested by Congress in 2014, released its final report on February 28, 2017.  The data demonstrates that “by several measures, the United States has neglected languages in
its educational curricula, its international strategies, and its domestic policies.”  The Commission also found that the U.S. educational system is not fully prepared to meet the rapidly growing demands for professionals and educators with area, regional,
international business and foreign language knowledge. Effective communication is the basis of international cooperation, and a strong national defense depends substantially on the ability of Americans to communicate and compete by knowing the languages and
cultures of other countries.  

Strong academic programs in critical foreign languages and intensive training in multi-disciplinary regional studies — including socio-economic, cultural, security, and religious and business aspects, among others — are vital to our national security and
global economic competitiveness.  But beyond the intensive curriculum development and related academic programming resulting from these programs, Title VI resources make possible extensive outreach to K-12 classrooms, strong collaborations between four-year
postsecondary institutions and community colleges, and strengthened ties between U. S. postsecondary institutions and international partners. 

The various programs funded under this account serve to strengthen the nation’s educational infrastructure in areas where the need grows greater by the day.  Unfortunately, Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs have been weakened by recent budget reductions
at the very time their importance has grown.  Therefore, we strongly urge $106 million for these programs to begin restoring funding to their FY 2010 levels and build on the progress made to this critical international and foreign language education infrastructure. 
This is a small but vitally important investment in our nation’s education, national security, and economic competitiveness.

Sincerely,

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