THE Mission
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.

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.

 
AMERICA'S LANGUAGES CAUCUS:
A NEW NATIONAL LANGUAGE POLICY FORUM IN CONGRESS

The Congressional Caucus: A Space for Common Ground.

From the Algonquian Indian language, the term Caucus means "to meet together.” Today, Members of Congress create and join caucuses to pursue common legislative objectives centered around a particular theme or idea.  Caucuses acts as a policy forum, allowing Members from any background or region of the US to exchange information and ideas with colleagues and engage in direct legislative advocacy.

 

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

The America's Languages Caucus Co-Chairs, Representatives David Price (NC) and Don Young (AK), established the America’s Languages Caucus in November 2019 in order to develop 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.

 

As part of the national strategy, Members of the caucus will 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.

Already, there are dozens of language-related bills in the 116th Congress that advance America's Languages mission. For more information on these bills, scroll down to "Legislative Agenda,"or visit our Newsroom.

Who Can Join the Caucus? 

Congressional Caucuses consist of Members of Congress. Constituents and outside organizations are encouraged to request that their representatives join the caucus. Representatives can join the group by contacting Nora Blalock in the office of Rep. David Price (nora.blalock@mail.house.gov). 

Click here to view the current list of members.

 
 
IN THE 117TH CONGRESS,
a legislative agenda for Our multilingual future
AMERICA'S LANGUAGES CAUCUS:
Current 
Congressional
Members

 

Representative David E. Price (D-NC-04), Co-Chair

Representative Don Young (R-AK-AL), Co-Chair

Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20)

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

Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN-05)

Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04)

Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM-01)

Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07)

Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)

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 John Yarmuth (D-KY-03) 

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18)

Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) 

Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL)

Representative Kaiali'i Kahele (D-HI-02)

Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI-02)

Representative Dina Titus (D-NV-01)

Representative Deborah Ross (D-NC-02)

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

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

Senator Mike Braun (R-IN)

 

House America's Languages Caucus Members 

 

Senate America's Languages Caucus Members