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Contact Your Senators and Representative

Funding for the Foreign Language Assistance Program has been eliminated and we need you to ACT NOW.  Please call or email your senators and representative and ask them to restore funding for the Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP). If you are unsure of how to contact your Senators, please visit senate.gov, choose your state from the drop down menu and click on the web form link. To contact your Representative, please visit house.gov, enter your zip code in the upper right corner and click on your representative’s name, which will link you to their homepage where you will find a contact form or contact information.

Send your senators or representative the following sample email or write your own message in support of FLAP funding:

SAMPLE EMAIL TEXT

Dear _____________,

The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP), the only source of federal funding for K-12 foreign language programs, has been zeroed out in H.R.1 and the Senate Labor HHS and Education Appropriations bill.  The elimination of this program, a $26.87 million cut, will have immediate effects on districts which have received grants and are in the middle of working to start or expand high-quality language programs.  {Insert any information about foreign language programs in your state or district}.

As a June 14 article in the National Review states, the diplomatic and defense communities are desperately in need of citizens able to communicate in a second language.  Former CIA director and current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta once said, “Language is the window through which we come to know other peoples and cultures. Mastery of a second language allows you to capture the nuances that are essential to true understanding...This is not about learning something that is helpful or simply nice to have...It is vital to our economic interests. It is vital to our diplomacy. It is vital to our national security to use the language of the people that we engage throughout the world.”

I encourage you to restore funding for this crucial federal program.  Thank you very much for your attention to this important issue.

Sincerely,

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