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.

Excellence and Innovation in Language Learning Act(H.R. 1994) was introduced on May 25, 2011 by Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY). H.R. 1994 is a joint effort by a number of organizations and individuals and is the result of many past conversations regarding the need for an omnibus language bill.. read more →

Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act ( H.R. 1966) Rep. Rush Holt reintroduced his Foreign Language Education Partnership Program Act to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a partnership program in foreign languages. The Secretary of Education would be given the authority to make incentive payments to eligible partnerships to “develop.. read more →

The Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act, was introduced in both houses in 2009. The legislation would create a Foundation that would award grants for study abroad opportunities, with an emphasis on nontraditional destinations. The Senate bill is sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) with a number of co-sponsors, and the House bill was.. read more →