U.S. Members of Congress Urge Hungary to Reconsider Legislation

April 12, 2017

Twelve Members of Congress urged Hungary to reconsider the amended higher education legislation in a joint letter to Prime Minister Viktor Orban April 11. 

"With international attention focused on Hungary as a result of this policy, closure of CEU would send a dangerous message regarding Hungary's views on academic autonomy and the freedom of higher education institutions," the House representatives wrote. "We urge you to reconsider your plans to move forward with this legislation. CEU is an institution of academic excellence that enjoys bipartisan support in the U.S. We hope you will allow CEU to continue operating in Hungary, benefiting its thousands of students and the U.S.-Hungary relationship." 

The letter can be read at the link below. It is signed by House representatives Nita M. Lowey, Peter King, Eliot Engel, Joseph Crowley, Jose E. Serrano, Gregory W. Meeks, Carolyn B. Maloney, Jan Schakowsky, James I. McGovern, Keith Ellison, Grace Meng, and Adriano Espaillat.