English Language Unity Act Receives Support from 100th Member of Congress

Robert Lawless robert.lawless at wichita.edu
Fri Mar 6 17:16:42 UTC 2009

This would certainly stop the U.S. government from its current abhorrent 
practice of conducting most of its official business in Swahili!!!

Harold Schiffman wrote:
> English Language Unity Act Receives Support from 100th Member of Congress
> H.R. 997 Garners Tremendous Support in First Month Following Introduction
> WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Less than a month after being introduced
> in the 111th Congress, H.R. 997, legislation to make English the
> official language of the United States, picked up its 100th co-sponsor
> this afternoon. The support of North Carolina Representative Mike
> McIntyre gave the measure 100 bi-partisan co-sponsors from 35 states
> and marked the earliest an official English bill has reached the 100
> co-sponsor mark this decade.
> “Making English the official language is an idea that remains widely
> supported by a large majority of the American people,” said Mauro E.
> Mujica, Chairman of the Board of U.S. English. “A focus on English
> learning and assimilation is not reserved for good economic times or
> bad economic times, for a Democrat-controlled Congress or
> Republican-controlled Congress. It is a full-time societal expectation
> that government will encourage English learning by doing the majority
> of business in English.”
> H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, was introduced Feb. 12 by
> Representative Steve King of Iowa and 58 original co-sponsors. The
> bill would require the United States government to conduct most
> official business in English. Specifically, H.R. 997 would require
> routine government operations to be conducted in English, while giving
> government agencies common sense flexibility to protect public health
> and safety, national security, and to provide for the needs of
> commerce and criminal justice systems.
> Bills to make English the official language garnered more than 150
> co-sponsors in both the 109th and 110th Congresses, and the Senate
> passed amendments to make English the national language of the U.S. in
> both 2006 and 2007. However, the overall measures these amendments
> were attached to did not pass before the end of session.
> “I want to applaud Congressman King and his 100 colleagues in Congress
> for once again answering the call of the people by supporting official
> English legislation,” added Mujica. “I expect that leadership will
> take note of this strong showing and include official English measures
> in any discussion of immigration and assimilation policy.”
> http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090305006115&newsLang=en
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