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THE Mission

"To raise awareness about the importance of

World Language Learning and International Education..."

AMERICA'S LANGUAGES CAUCUS:

The America’s Languages Caucus intends to set forth a national strategy to:

  • Raise awareness about the importance of world language learning and international education, particularly as it relates to our nation’s economic and national security;
     

  • Ensure adequate resources are directed towards the study of world language learning; and
     

  • Focus on improving access for students and educators who wish to participate in these fields of study, including world languages, Native American languages, and English for English learners.

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The core of the Caucus’ mission comes from the five language policy recommendations outlined in the 2017 Congressionally-Commissioned Report on Language Learning: America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century. This inclusive and representative report makes clear that the United States needs significantly more bilingual and biliterate citizens to help ensure national security, promote economic and job growth, and develop the potential of every American student.

The Mission
AMERICA'S LANGUAGES CAUCUS:
Congress's NATIONAL LANGUAGE POLICY FORUm

"Members of Congress create & join caucuses to pursue common legislative objectives centered around a particular theme or idea."

America's Languages Caucus is Congress's  Language Policy Forum

The America's Languages Caucus was established in 2019 by Representative David Price (D-NC) and Representative Don Young (R-AK) as a bipartisan effort to develop a national strategy to raise awareness about the importance of world language learning and international education in the United States. In 2021 the Caucus became bicameral.

 

Currently, the House arm is co-chaired by Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Representative Jen Kiggans (R-VA), and the Senate arm is co-chaired by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

 

As part of the national strategy, members of the caucus work to ensure adequate resources are directed towards the study of world language learning. Members also seek to improve access for students and educators who wish to participate in these fields of study, including world languages, Native American languages, and English for English learners.

A Legislative Agenda for The 21st Century 

The core of the Caucus’ mission comes from the five language policy recommendations outlined in the 2017 Congressionally-Commissioned Report on Language Learning: America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century. This inclusive and representative report makes clear that the United States needs significantly more bilingual and biliterate citizens to help ensure national security, promote economic and job growth, and develop the potential of every American student.


How to Join the Caucus

Congressional Caucuses consist of Members of Congress. Constituents and outside organizations are encouraged to request that their representatives join the caucus. To learn more and join, members of Congress can reach out to the contacts below:

Representatives: Click here to email Krista Wunsche  in the office of Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA)
Senators: Click here to email Veronica Winham in the office of Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

About The Caucus
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​Legislative Priorities 

  • World Language Education Assistance Program (World LEAP) Act - (H.R 5603)

  • Paul Simon Study Abroad Act - (H.R. 4588, S. 2261)

  • Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST) Act - (H.R. 7007, S.3595)

  • Advancing Research in Education Act (AREA) - (S.3392)

Funding Priorities 

  • World Language Advancement and Readiness Grant Program

  • Native American Language Resource Center

  • Title III - English Learners 

  • Title VI HEA/Fulbright-Hays - International and Foreign Language Education Programs

More Information Coming Soon!

AMERICA'S LANGUAGES CAUCUS:
Current 
Congressional
Members

Join today to support multilingualism in the United States!

Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Co-Chair

Representative Jen Kiggans (R-02-VA-), Co-Chair

Representative Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA-08)

Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07)

Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-03)

Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA-26)

Representative David Trone (D-MD-06)

Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08)

Representative David N. Cicilline (D-RI-01)

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18)

Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) 

Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL)

Representative Dina Titus (D-NV-01)

Representative Deborah Ross (D-NC-02)

Representative Teresa Leger Fernández (D-NM-03)

Representative Donald Norcross (D-NJ-1)

Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5)

Representative Jim Costa (D-CA-16)

Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS-03)

Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08)

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Co-Chair 

Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Co-Chair

Senator Mike Braun (R-IN)

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)

 

House America's Languages Caucus Members 

 

Senate America's Languages Caucus Members 

Legislative Agenda
WLARA ALC
Caucus Members
IN THE 118TH CONGRESS,
a legislative agenda for Our multilingual future

"Languages help ensure our national security, promote economic and job growth, and develop the potential of every American student."

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