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Friday, June 22, 2007

Should English Be Our Official Language?

By request...cross-posting from Snooper...

English: The Official Language of The United States

To make English the official language of the Government of the United States. Bill # S.1335

Original Sponsor:
James Inhofe (R-OK)

Cosponsor Total: 4
(last sponsor added 06/13/2007)
4 Republican

About This Legislation:
The S.I. Hayakawa Official English Language Act of 2007 (S.1335) commits the government to preserve and enhance the role of English as the official language. It requires government to conduct its official business in English, ends foreign-language entitlements, repeals bilingual ballots, and requires English for new citizens.

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English Language Unity Act of 2007 Bill # H.R.997

Original Sponsor: Steve King (R-IA 5th)

Cosponsor Total: 108
(last sponsor added 06/11/2007)
3 Democrats
105 Republicans

About This Legislation:
H.R. 997 would protect English as our common language by making English the official language of the United States.

ProEnglish supports this bill because it would:

  • Protect English by giving it an “official” status in law that it has never had before.
  • Repeal the “multilingual mandate,” Executive Order 13166,which currently requires federal agencies and funds recipients, including state and local governments, to provide translations and interpreters for non-English speakers in their native language.
  • Reform U.S. naturalization requirements by directing the Department of Homeland Security to develop a standardized English exam that would be given to candidates for naturalization.
  • Enable taxpayers to sue the federal government to stop bureaucrats from violating the law.

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National Language Act of 2007 Bill # H.R.769

Original Sponsor: Peter King (R-NY 3rd)

Cosponsor Total: 55
(last sponsor added 05/01/2007)
1 Democrats
54 Republicans

About This Legislation:
Establishes that English shall be the official language of government. Repeals the federal mandate for many states and localities to offer voting materials and ballots in foreign languages. Requires all naturalization ceremonies to be in English. Exempts international communication, training and teaching foreign languages.

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The Missouri legislature has proposed to voters a Constitutional amendment.

30 states have made English their official language, and official English bills are pending in a dozen more. Lawmakers in even more states are working to strengthen existing laws.

In the past year, official English has passed in Kansas, Idaho, and Arizona. Legislation has also passed the Nevada Senate, and is awaiting a vote in the House.