Issues

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.

Over the summer, JNCL-NCLIS conducted a survey of all members of Congress regarding self-reported language ability.  We have compiled a report of the encouraging results from the survey. Congress speaks world languages read more →

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 →