Paul Simon Study Abroad Act Introduced in the House of Representatives

From our partners at NAFSA.



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last Friday, Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and John Katko (NY-24) introduced the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act in the House of Representatives.


JNCL-NCLIS advocates have made the Paul Simon Act one of their top priorities in the 116th Congress, and we are excited that the Simon Act has once again been introduced with bipartisan support in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. The House Education and Labor Committee is expected to release their draft legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act in the coming weeks, so now is the time to focus their attention on the importance of international education and study abroad.


To build support for study abroad and the Simon Act, NAFSA and JNCL-NCLIS are asking supporters to take three quick actions:


  1. Thank Reps. Bustos and Katko for introducing the bill on social media. Sample Tweet: Thank you @RepCheri, @RepJohnKatko for reintroducing the #SimonBill. #StudyAbroad provides students with the global skills, knowledge, & experiences necessary to compete in today's global workforce. www.nafsa.org/simon

  2. Ask your Member of Congress to join Reps. Bustos and Katko and cosponsor the Simon Act. You can use NAFSA’s Connecting Our World Advocacy tool to easily send an email to your Representative. https://cqrcengage.com/connectingourworld/study-abroad

  3. Share the Connecting Our World Link to your networks to ask your members and colleagues to join you in sending an email to their Representative in support of the Simon Act. https://cqrcengage.com/connectingourworld/study-abroad