JNCL-NCLIS advocates for the interests of the language community through lobbying the US Congress and Executive Branch agencies, and through public awareness raising on a variety of language-related issues. JNCL-NCLIS staff regularly meet with policy-makers to advance the policy priorities of our members, and to disseminate information about the national security, economic, and social justice imperatives of increasing language capacity in the U.S., the cognitive and educational benefits of language learning, and the developments necessary to implement language programming in the US system.

August 22, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate Committee Hearing on the efforts to revitalize Native American Languages was a great success in both making new connections at DHS as well as hearing positive testimony from Senators and panelist alike about the tangible and intangible value that Native American languages bring to this country. JNCL-NCLIS was.. read more →

The National Defense Authorization Act Restricts All funding for Confucius Institutes Creation of Cyber Institute Partnerships with “Strategic Foreign Language Proficiency” Focus Armed Forces to be Evaluated on Critical Language Shortfalls New Initiative for Higher Education Institutions Involved with Foreign Talent-Recruitment Programs Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed into law the John S. McCain Defense Authorization Act for.. read more →

The Perkins Act moved through one of its last hurdles on Monday with no sign of the CODES Act Federal overreach was cited as the main concern for a program that would have incentivized the replacement of math, science and foreign language courses in high school with coding Education community supports an inclusive approach to.. read more →

Interpreting community coalesces around ethical standards for maintaining discretion under public and Congressional scrutiny July 17 marked the start of a whirlwind news week for Ms. Marina Gross, a State Department interpreter who accompanied President Trump to Helsinki to facilitate talks with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. She found herself, and her profession, under the inquisitorial gaze.. read more →

Identical House and Senate bills introduced that incentivize the replacement of math, science and foreign language courses in high school CODES Act would set dangerous precedent of federal overreach The Perkins Act, which the bills would amend, contains provision prohibiting “federal control over curriculum” On July 12th, Representatives Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Pete Olson (R-TX) introducedH.R. 6334 in.. read more →