GOP Senators Introduce Bill to Crack Down on ‘Foreign Influence Operations’ at US Colleges

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) on Tuesday introduced legislation targeting gifts and donations to American colleges and universities that come from foreign adversaries like China, in a bid to blunt the impact of “foreign influence operations.” The bill, called the Greater Insight into Foreign Transactions (GIFTs) in Higher Education Act (pdf), seeks greater transparency in higher education gifts and donations, while making American colleges and universities more accountable for reporting such transactions. “Hostile foreign adversaries, including the Chinese Communist Party, routinely seek to infiltrate our higher education institutions to steal our research and exploit our intellectual property,” Rubio said in a statement. Rubio and Cramer’s bill expands the gift and donation disclosure requirements under Section 117 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) to include faculty, professional staff, and all staff engaged in research and development. All federal funding to colleges and universities would, under the bill, be dependent on …Read More

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