House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blocked a bill passed by the Senate to sanction the Confucius Institutes, an entity dependent on the CCP and used for its own benefit.
Democrats have not set a date for a vote on the Confucius bill, so Republicans are criticizing Pelosi for putting politics ahead of national security.
“I regret that Speaker Pelosi has still not scheduled the CONFUCIUS Act for a vote,” said House Rules Committee Ranking Member Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), according to The Washington Free Beacon Sept. 20.
Cole added, “This isn’t about politics. It’s about holding China accountable, and Speaker Pelosi clearly hasn’t made that a priority.”
The Republicans had already proposed a vote on the bill in July, but the Democrats prevented that vote from taking place.
The pro-communist activities carried out by the Confucius Institutes to infiltrate the U.S. education system, to hire servants of the CCP, and to advertise it has been verified by.
Among other issues, teachers, who have been selected by the CCP, are not allowed to discuss topics that the Chinese Communist Party considers sensitive, such as human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Tibet, or spiritual practices such as Falun Dafa.
Sen. John Kennedy, (R-La) who introduced the Confucius bill, which passed unanimously in the Senate, commented on the attitude of the Democrats toward the bill.
“Do the Democrats and the Speaker of the House want to give Xi Jinping more influence over what is taught on American campuses? Does academic freedom bother only his committee in general?”
For these reasons, the State Department designated the Confucius Institutes as a Chinese foreign mission on Aug. 13.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated, “For more than four decades, Beijing has enjoyed free and open access to American society, while denying the same access to Americans and other foreigners in China.”
“Furthermore, the PRC [People’s Republic of China] has taken advantage of America’s openness to undertake large-scale and well-funded propaganda efforts and influence operations in this country,” Pompeo also said.
Nevertheless, the CCP adopted as a strategy to change the name of the banned institutes, linking them to a nongovernmental organization called the China Foundation for International Education, according to Real Clear Education.